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03-16-2014, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
He finally has confidence in his game. I thought the biggest reason he has struggled to produce outside of low TOI and poor offensive linemates is that he lacked confidence. He has regained that after a slow start this year, and he is driving his line to multiple scoring chances game in and game out. I expect he will continue to play this way going forward. I'm glad we didn't dump him this off-season, but I must admit, I thought it was inevitable. Smith seemed glued to the 3rd/4th line with the occasional "energy" scratch for Clune/other scrub. I'm glad he forced the issue and matured as a player, whatever the reason, whether it be Trotz, familiarity, natural process of developing, or simply finding his confidence in his own right.
This is also proof that you can find your game without being given top linemates.

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