Ryan Smyth: The most useless player on the team
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05-26-2013, 05:09 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
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That ISN'T a list of worthless, crappy players. I only said that I consider them worse than Smyth. And I don't consider Smyth to be worthless and crappy. I take issue with the classlessness of the thread title.
The thread title might be hyperbole, but it's a result of the frustration we all feel watching Smyth.
Defensive mishaps, slow skating, lazy slapshots, undisciplined penalties. He can be an effective checker, but because he's a step behind, the play dies. When I watched him, it looked like he knew where he was supposed to be, but he wasn't there in time.
He's at his best when he's around the net, but how many of his patented deflections did we see this season? How many greasy rebound goals?
His decline has certainly been gradual, but we will always compare the Smyth we have to the Smyth we had. He has a much higher standard to live up to than the players who you thought were less effective.
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