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05-16-2013, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by PredsV82 View Post
I certainly do hope that a strong performance at the worlds(which is what initially got poile to lure smith away from college early, btw) instills some confidence but the only thing we can say for sure is that he can dominate when playing against mostly non-nhl talent. This is basically like a four week sitint in Milwaukee for him.
Mmmmmm.... I think you are selling the talent level a bit short. Russians had ovy, kovy and rads for instance and goaltending was bryz and varlamov. But I agree it isn't top quality. If these two teams were in the NHL, Florida would probably still be picking first but not by much.

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