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07-17-2011, 02:54 PM
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If Smith skips MIL and plays early in Nashville Poile and Trotz are turning over a new leaf. Anyone think Ciggaran (sp?) is accelerating the road to Nashville. He has proven to be more aggressive than Freeman. According to some Preds staff, he is the driving force behind the new color scheme for the arena and jerseys.
It wouldn't be the first time a player didn't spend any time in Milwaukee. If he only spends a little time there, it wouldn't be a first. How much time a player spends in the AHL is dependent on their performance, not some prearranged timeline.

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07-17-2011, 02:58 PM
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Since this is a Smith thread not a Wilson thread ill try to get things back on track.

Can anyone comment on what issues/weaknesses Smith had that led him to fall to the fourth round?
and whether or not he has a twitter account?

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07-17-2011, 03:03 PM
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and whether or not he has a twitter account?
Craig Smith does have a Twitter account. You can follow him at @CSmith1515

He started his account during prospect camp at the same time several others did as well (I know one of their off-ice sessions was with NHL Security and Twitter/Facebook/etc were discussed) and has had spurts of activity. He's been quiet for the most part this past week though.

From what I remember, he's back up in Wisconsin training for next season...

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07-17-2011, 05:46 PM
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Craig Smith does have a Twitter account. You can follow him at @CSmith1515

He started his account during prospect camp at the same time several others did as well (I know one of their off-ice sessions was with NHL Security and Twitter/Facebook/etc were discussed) and has had spurts of activity. He's been quiet for the most part this past week though.

From what I remember, he's back up in Wisconsin training for next season...
pffftttt...how immature....

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07-17-2011, 09:16 PM
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Come on, this team doesnt rush anyone.. the sent Radulov to Milwaukee after all, and sent him back to juniors the year before when some folks I know were saying he was the best forward in camp then(and remember who we had back then)

so if they are encouraging this kid to go pro I expect he's the real deal... or he'll be in Milwaukee like all of our prospects..
I believe that Rads played 10 games for Milwaukee.

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07-18-2011, 10:27 AM
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They're both in Wisconsin...what's the difference?
I know your tongue is in cheek, but Madison & Milwaukee what's the difference?? Porsche 911 Turbo vs. Ford Maverick for one. We've been hoping for Milwaukee to break off into Lake Michigan and float south or east.

Good luck to Smitty, you'll like him. He's got an edge to his game as well. Have a good season Nashville Badgers.

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07-18-2011, 10:29 AM
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I know your tongue is in cheek, but Madison & Milwaukee what's the difference?? Porsche 911 Turbo vs. Ford Maverick for one. We've been hoping for Milwaukee to break off into Lake Michigan and float south or east.

Good luck to Smitty, you'll like him. He's got an edge to his game as well. Have a good season Nashville Badgers.
Good Luck to your Wisky Badgers as well

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Good Luck to your Wisky Badgers as well
With Smitty's early departure (and 2 other studs as well) and 2 new inexperienced incoming goaltenders, let's say this year will be a challenge, but Mike Eaves seems to get everything he can out of players.

Lots of Nashville fans here in Madison! http://www.wisconsinhockey2011.com/


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07-18-2011, 11:32 AM
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If Smith skips MIL and plays early in Nashville Poile and Trotz are turning over a new leaf. Anyone think Ciggaran (sp?) is accelerating the road to Nashville. He has proven to be more aggressive than Freeman. According to some Preds staff, he is the driving force behind the new color scheme for the arena and jerseys.
I really doubt Cigarran is pulling strings with regards to player development. It's one thing to try to overhaul the uniforms and building color scheme. It's another to get into your GM and President of Hockey Ops' ear telling him who to bring up and who to let spend time in Milwaukee.

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I know your tongue is in cheek, but Madison & Milwaukee what's the difference?? Porsche 911 Turbo vs. Ford Maverick for one. We've been hoping for Milwaukee to break off into Lake Michigan and float south or east.

Good luck to Smitty, you'll like him. He's got an edge to his game as well. Have a good season Nashville Badgers.
Haha...I know what you mean. There's a lot of difference between the Tennessee cities, too.

I watched Smitty during the WC's and could tell he was quite talented. I've seen him in practice a few times, too. He brings a bit of confidence to his game. I'm hoping that stays with him as he tries to make the team.

And keep producing good hockey talent, Wisconsin.

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07-18-2011, 02:01 PM
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So - when a highly talented player comes onto the team, you don't have to give up your number for him. Do you have to give up your nickname?

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So - when a highly talented player comes onto the team, you don't have to give up your number for him. Do you have to give up your nickname?
No, new guy gets hazed.

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A former co-worker of mine used to call Smithson "baby face". During one of the meet-the-team parties he asked Smithson to sign a shirt for his then-infant son "from Baby Face". Erat, sitting right new to Smithson, said, "Baby face huh?" and laughed. I wouldn't be surprised if they call him that in the locker room now

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07-18-2011, 04:50 PM
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So - when a highly talented player comes onto the team, you don't have to give up your number for him. Do you have to give up your nickname?
For some reason I am remembering that the guys on the team call Smithson "Smithers" not Smitty so if Smith wants to be Smitty he probably can do so...

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Note that the team still hasn't announced this signing, and in fact, an article on the Preds' website mentions Smith as being a Hobey hopeful, returning to Wisconsin this year.

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07-18-2011, 08:00 PM
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Note that the team still hasn't announced this signing, and in fact, an article on the Preds' website mentions Smith as being a Hobey hopeful, returning to Wisconsin this year.
The Badgers head coach already wished him well and it says he's leaving Wisconsin on the official Badger athletic website.

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07-18-2011, 08:25 PM
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A former co-worker of mine used to call Smithson "baby face". During one of the meet-the-team parties he asked Smithson to sign a shirt for his then-infant son "from Baby Face". Erat, sitting right new to Smithson, said, "Baby face huh?" and laughed. I wouldn't be surprised if they call him that in the locker room now
Ha! My wife and I have always called him that.

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A former co-worker of mine used to call Smithson "baby face". During one of the meet-the-team parties he asked Smithson to sign a shirt for his then-infant son "from Baby Face". Erat, sitting right new to Smithson, said, "Baby face huh?" and laughed. I wouldn't be surprised if they call him that in the locker room now
The first time I saw Smithson he scored two goals and an assist to lead the Manchester Monarchs over the Hartford Wolf*Pack. I was writing for a weekly AHL newsletter at the time and in my game recap called him the "Babyfaced Assassin". That was nearly ten years ago...he still hasn't aged a day!!!

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The first time I saw Smithson he scored two goals and an assist to lead the Manchester Monarchs over the Hartford Wolf*Pack. I was writing for a weekly AHL newsletter at the time and in my game recap called him the "Babyfaced Assassin". That was nearly ten years ago...he still hasn't aged a day!!!


That's the nick name of one of the Brewers prospects. Hopefully the Sounds are still the Brewers affiliate by the time he makes it up to Nashville.

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Ha! My wife and I have always called him that.
My buddies and I have always called him Birdman. He looks like a stork with that nose of his.

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I call him hammer head because his eyes are soooooo far apart.

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That's the nick name of one of the Brewers prospects. Hopefully the Sounds are still the Brewers affiliate by the time he makes it up to Nashville.
On a related note...I really like the affiliation our pro sports have with Milwaukee....your Ads ---> our Preds, our Sounds ---> your Brewers. I hope that continues. It's a relationship most cities don't enjoy. I feel a sort of kinship with Milwaukee I didn't feel before. It's pretty cool.

Hope it remains that way until both cities upgrade to the higher league.

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On a related note...I really like the affiliation our pro sports have with Milwaukee....your Ads ---> our Preds, our Sounds ---> your Brewers. I hope that continues. It's a relationship most cities don't enjoy. I feel a sort of kinship with Milwaukee I didn't feel before. It's pretty cool.

Hope it remains that way until both cities upgrade to the higher league.
I would be willing to bet Preds aren't in Milwaukee much longer, with Atlanta or Gwinnett Co being prime locales for us. Totaly hypothetical, but it would make lots of sense. I hear we are pushing HARD to be the team aired on foxsports in the ATL market too, which makes sense being the closest team. BUT they were in the East, so Carolina could be it, but I doubt it.

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I would be willing to bet Preds aren't in Milwaukee much longer, with Atlanta or Gwinnett Co being prime locales for us. Totaly hypothetical, but it would make lots of sense. I hear we are pushing HARD to be the team aired on foxsports in the ATL market too, which makes sense being the closest team. BUT they were in the East, so Carolina could be it, but I doubt it.
at this point Atlanta doesnt have an AHL franchise so one would have to move there(and presumbaly displace the ECHL team that is currently in Gwinnett)

I think a more likely scenario is the Preds give up Cincinnati as our ECHL affiliate and go with Gwinnet in that league, keeping Milwaukee as our AHL team

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at this point Atlanta doesnt have an AHL franchise so one would have to move there(and presumbaly displace the ECHL team that is currently in Gwinnett)

I think a more likely scenario is the Preds give up Cincinnati as our ECHL affiliate and go with Gwinnet in that league, keeping Milwaukee as our AHL team
Agreed. Right now, it seems there is a good relationship with Milwaukee and there is no reason to end that.

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