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2013 Draft Thread: "Shoo-in for Nichushkin"
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05-18-2013, 03:17 PM
Waive Ryan Smyth
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He's more of a defensive defenceman. He definitely likes to play physically and was looking to hit rather than waiting for the hit early in the season. The knights have done a good job helping him tone it back a bit and make better decisions of when to step up. Still, one of his calling cards is going to be him stepping up and destroying forwards at the blue line. He's usually physical and definitely a guy you want to go to war with.
His skating is good for a big guy. He still has problems with really small fast guys but he's getting better. He sometimes looks out of position but he just takes a couple of strides and he's back in position again.
He has a cannon on the blueline but I wouldn't say it's as good as Pulocks. He still needs to use it a bit more and work on it to be effective at the NHL.
He's going to be somewhere between an
Andy Sutton/Sheldon Souray/Zdeno Chara
type player. His passing is good but he isn't going to rush the puck up the ice or be a massive point producer at the NHL level. I still think he has untapped offensive potential but he still has a lot to work on.
That's an awfully long range...
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