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03-15-2013, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Byrddog View Post
Out of hand just about as much as the folks that keep preaching hes a top 6 guy. A few facts Smith is 23 played two years of college hockey ( which is not the best option to develop players) He played 0 time in the AHL he was selected 4th round 98th overall. He had 36 points as a rookie that got everyone all horny here that hes the next Hart trophy winner. He has failed miserablly this year, it does not matter that the rest of the top forwards have been poor were talking about a guy thats way over his head and will most likley be out of hockey in two years. I think my evaluation of him his skill and longevity in the league is alot closer than anyone weho thinks hes a top 6 guy.
Yeah he is 23. So? Again not every guy comes into the league and steps in flawlessly. You are exaggerating what people have said about him and I'm sorry but if you can't recognize his obvious talent That says a lot of about your evaluation of hockey player's attributes. He may not make it the NHL. That is yet to be determined. But it won't be because a lack of talent. The guy has good size, great skater, will work hard, hard snap/wrist and Slapshot, good hands, not great vision with regards to passing but adequate. The guy easily has top 6 potential. It's not a question of talent with Smith it's a question of can he put all those skills he has together and be a productive player at this level.

Obviously you have some bias against Smith cause to say he will be out of hockey in two years is laughable. Guys with talent like that always get 2nd or 3rd chances with other teams. Thank goodness the coaches can see the obvious potential with Smith and are being patient with him in what is a semi-transitional season. If he can put it together he will be part of the young core we have developing for a long time.

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