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10-02-2013, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
Fact of the matter is you don't win or lose with a 37yr old Ryan Smyth in the lineup but he can still play and make a contribution used properly.

Conversely, Hall, Eberle, and Yak, who should be in good form and should be carrying this club offensively did nothing good last night. A 20 yr old Smyth scoring 39 goals in a year would make any of them look silly. Maybe deserves to be said. None of these 3 have yet come close to the production Smyth had, and at a very young age. Smyth did this without the talent these guys have. But Smyth hands down had more perseverance and dedication.
Smyth in his second year had 39 goals and 61 points.
Eberle in his second year had 34 goals and 76 points. He had a better offensive season than anything Ryan Smyth has done in a 17 year career.

Not to mention that Hall in his 3rd year finished with 50 points in 45 years and top 10 in NHL scoring, something Ryan Smyth has never even come close to flirting with.

All that being said, it is completely irrelevant. What Ryan Smyth did 17 years ago, or 10 years ago, or 3 years ago doesn't matter. As it stands now he is a borderline contributor. In an ideal situation he plays very limited minutes at ES and maybe gets some PP time in front of the net. He can't keep up with the play, especially when being played with the teams faster players.

I agree, Smyth can contribute if used properly. But him being used properly is him playing 8-10 minutes a night.

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