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01-09-2013, 02:13 PM
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No, its his Minutes per Game and his ability to take just about anyone (Butler as an example) onto his pairing make them look better. Bouwmeester may be overpaid, under producing and soft but one thing he does really well is slow down the game for the rest of the line, and makes his defensive partner look great. I don't think Smid has those abilities to the same degree as Bouwmeester. Smid is obviously less soft and not overpaid like Bouw however.
Smid had the most TOI of any Oiler last year and took Petry under his wing and he looked very good.
Bouwmeester does play a lot more minutes (PP time helps) but even with the extra 500 minutes he played last season he still only outscored Smid by 5 ES points and had the same amount of goals even though JayBo gets PP time and Smid gets virtually none.
I wouldn't mind having Jbo just not at the expense of Gagner or Smid, not worth it.
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