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03-05-2013, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by NoNecksCurse View Post
i don't agree with expanding a guy like gaustad's role while decreasing guys like smith's role. we need to be giving the young guys time to develop and play. bring up some guys from Milwaukee. we are nowhere near a contender. gaustad on the PP or increased ice time won't solve nothing. like shine on a turd. smith however could be part of the solution 1-2 years down the road if developed and given the chance to succeed .. this means giving smith top 6 time along with wilson (duh) and 1st unit PP time over guys like farquaad and invisible man.. like no neck would ever do that
Smith has a better chance to be out of the league in two years than he has to be a top 6 guy here or anywhere in the league. I get it theres alot of people who like him. What I do not get is reading his scouting reports completly mirrors what has happened with his play and folks just want to expand his role. His minutes have been increased, stsrting in the last quarter of last year and this year. If we had a true first line that could carry the team on many of the nights it would allow time for Smith to develop on a second or 3rd line. This team does not have that and to think you can out hm in The 1st line role to develop is a recipe for even further disaster for him. I sid it before he may be better than I project him but he is nowhere near the caliber most here think he is.

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