Ryan Smyth: The most useless player on the team
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10-02-2013, 11:39 PM
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Smyth is clearly a great guy, he got Eakins respect to get an A. It's clear he is our worst player by far though, and every play dies on his stick. He's not strong or smart enough to play in the top 6 at all, frankly he's not even close. He doesn't hit anything and takes terrible penalties constantly so he would be a terrible option for the bottom 6 as well.
Last night I was thinking that maybe Eakins was trying to show Smytty that he's done in this league. Feed him all the top line minutes to prove to him he can't physically play there anymore. At best he is a 40 game a year, 8 minute a night type player if we have some injuries. The thing is he is an absolute diehard and would do anything other than stop playing to try and help the team. I'm sure he would block a shot with his face if it meant winning a game but the unfortunate part about that would be he is on the damn ice.
Actually what Eakins was trying to do was get Hall to play a simpler game, make the passes that are there, and learn to possess the puck, get it down low, retain it, and not continually force bad plays that are essentially turnovers.
No reason to surmise Eakins intent when he's stating it. Eakins is pretty open and concise with his post games. Were talking 12 minutes of standup answering questions and a guy not giving pad answers but actually stating something.
Trouble is Hemsky's game is individualistic as always, Hall still figuring out his game, and the experiment hasn't worked yet. Hall would do well to cycle the puck effectively. Thats a hope. Smyth can get a cycle game going if the line ever got it deep instead of trying to dance through 3 guys.
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