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11-07-2011, 10:17 AM
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That move by Smith at the end of the Sharks game was incredible. It really seemed Kesler-esque. Kid is going to be a super-star.

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11-07-2011, 12:17 PM
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11-10-2011, 05:15 AM
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11-10-2011, 07:35 AM
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And he's doing it on the wing and at center. Awesome.

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11-10-2011, 09:16 AM
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"Chad" Smith according to TSN.ca's highlights

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11-10-2011, 10:28 AM
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"Chad" Smith according to TSN.ca's highlights
Had to sex his name up I guess for the tabloids.

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11-10-2011, 12:04 PM
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"Chad" Smith according to TSN.ca's highlights
Want to keep the rookie of the year voters confused. Split the vote between Craig and Chad Smith, so a #1 pick can win it.

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11-10-2011, 02:02 PM
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And he's doing it on the wing and at center. Awesome.
This is what I wanted to see. Whether or not Craig Smith can be as good at center as is at wing. He needs more games than just last night and what he showed against LA after Leggy went down with an injury, but whether or not he can cut it as a center could go a long way in helping Poile determine if we need a center or a winger at or before the deadline.

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11-10-2011, 03:04 PM
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This is what I wanted to see. Whether or not Craig Smith can be as good at center as is at wing. He needs more games than just last night and what he showed against LA after Leggy went down with an injury, but whether or not he can cut it as a center could go a long way in helping Poile determine if we need a center or a winger at or before the deadline.
Fisher
Legwand
Smith
Wilson (ish)
Spailing
Geoffrion
Smithson

I would say we need a winger

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11-10-2011, 03:43 PM
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Fisher
Legwand
Smith
Wilson (ish)
Spailing
Geoffrion
Smithson

I would say we need a winger
True, but if Smith shows he isn't ready for the responsibilities of playing center then it might not be a bad idea to go out and get another top six guy to play down the middle in case of injuries. If he continues to play like he did last night (even without the multiple goals) then that becomes less of a concern. Remember last season when the team open with all of its centers healthy (minus Lombardi effectively), and then as they began to drop off so did our offensive production? That would be a terrible thing to see in March. I mean, even if we have too many centers Legwand has looked good at wing before

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11-10-2011, 03:51 PM
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preds fans, can you tell me where Smith will end up when legwand and hornquist are at the lineup at the same time and healthy?

Does he keep 1st line and 1st PP?

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11-10-2011, 03:59 PM
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preds fans, can you tell me where Smith will end up when legwand and hornquist are at the lineup at the same time and healthy?

Does he keep 1st line and 1st PP?
Of course he'll be traded to Vancouver with Weber for draft picks because that's where he's always wanted to play...

All kidding aside. We all want him on the top line with Wilson all the time but you never know with Trotz.

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11-10-2011, 04:07 PM
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preds fans, can you tell me where Smith will end up when legwand and hornquist are at the lineup at the same time and healthy?

Does he keep 1st line and 1st PP?
I posted this in response to the same question you posed in the thread on the main board...

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It depends. He looked very good with Wilson and Hornqvist, but against a Ducks team that has yet to put it all together for whatever reason. Even Hiller is shaky so far. It will be easier to tell after this homestand, assuming Legwand misses multiple games. If Smith continues to play at a high level (by which I mean even generating chances like he has been even if he isn't getting the points every night) it's hard to move him off of that line. At that point you might see a line of Erat-Fisher-Legwand (all three of which got votes, if not many, for the Selke, so that's a second line with scoring ability AND can shutdown the other team's big line/s) with SK being bumped to a line with Spaling and Halischuk, which is still a threat to score. Bergfors hasn't done enough to cement a spot on the roster, and you can sub McGrattan in for Geoffrion if needed (though a lot of us don't really see the point in icing an enforcer very often, if at all). The fourth line will be Tootoo-Smithson-Geoffrion.

But then again it's Barry Trotz, so even if you know what the lines will be going into the game there is a very good chance those lines will change before the final buzzer. At least once.

If Smith's game remains consistent and it's me I go with:

Wilson - Smith - Hornqvist
Legwand - Fisher - Erat
SK - Spaling - Halischuk
Geoffrion - Smithson - Tootoo
McGrattan

Bergfors on waivers

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11-10-2011, 04:39 PM
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FYI, TSN still has "Chad Smith" up there

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11-10-2011, 04:41 PM
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I posted this in response to the same question you posed in the thread on the main board...
Wouldn't SK suffer though being on a line with Spaling and Halischuk compared to Fisher and Erat?

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11-10-2011, 04:48 PM
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Wouldn't SK suffer though being on a line with Spaling and Halischuk compared to Fisher and Erat?
Somebody has to suck it up and take the weaker linemates. I sure as heck don't want Smith being that guy considering the roll he's been on. I think SK is a good option, especially coming back after injury it might be wise to let him take it slow and run with the players who are hot.

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11-10-2011, 05:03 PM
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Wouldn't SK suffer though being on a line with Spaling and Halischuk compared to Fisher and Erat?
You can plug SK into the second line and more Legwand, Fisher, or Erat down, but then we run into a lot of complaining about our high dollar forwards not producing

In all seriousness, it's a good problem to have when you are sure which top six guy gets his minutes cut. Spaling showed in the play offs that if he has a good set up he can provide some finish. Halischuk has the ability to create, too. Honestly, I think that line would provide some good punch at the bottom six, and it would give teams the problem of deciding when to put their best defenders out when we're on the road.

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11-10-2011, 05:27 PM
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You can plug SK into the second line and more Legwand, Fisher, or Erat down, but then we run into a lot of complaining about our high dollar forwards not producing

In all seriousness, it's a good problem to have when you are sure which top six guy gets his minutes cut. Spaling showed in the play offs that if he has a good set up he can provide some finish. Halischuk has the ability to create, too. Honestly, I think that line would provide some good punch at the bottom six, and it would give teams the problem of deciding when to put their best defenders out when we're on the road.
As long as Smith doesn't burn out playing more than he can handle.

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11-10-2011, 05:32 PM
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As long as Smith doesn't burn out playing more than he can handle.
I'm worried about that, too, and that's why I qualified it by saying as long as he remains consistent. If he starts to taper off you move him down as necessary. SK (or Legwand or Fisher or Erat or whoever) will be on the third line trying to earn more time, waiting for Smith, Wilson, Hornqvist, etc to stop producing (or get hurt )

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11-10-2011, 05:40 PM
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As long as Smith doesn't burn out playing more than he can handle.
If he was playing 19+ minutes a night, you could use that as an excuse, but when he's hovering around the 16min mark I don't think it's an issue.

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11-10-2011, 06:00 PM
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If he was playing 19+ minutes a night, you could use that as an excuse, but when he's hovering around the 16min mark I don't think it's an issue.
But hes playing a LOT more games than NCAA hockey. So he wont fade away now, it will be after the new year when it starts to kick in.

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11-10-2011, 06:45 PM
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Fisher and Hornqvist are the best suited for third line duty IMO. Both will still get 18+ minutes a night. I'm not sure this matters that much honestly....

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11-10-2011, 07:38 PM
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The way Leggy has been playing this season, I wouldn't mess with that line. Top-6:

SK-Smith-Erat
Horny-Leggy-Wilson

Maybe switch Erat and Wilson, but i'd try that first. Fisher centers the third.

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11-10-2011, 08:00 PM
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I think trotz is dead set on fisher-erat-sk as a line. he has talked about it since last april. i don't see them being split unless we slide.

erat-fisher-sk
wilson-legwand-horn
halischuk-smith-bergfors (i think he stinks, but i think he figures it out or we make a move)
spaling-smithsn-tootoo
mcgratton
geoffrion to milwaukee (where he belongs right now)

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11-11-2011, 05:41 AM
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Legwand should go back between Wilson and Hornqvist.

Fisher stays between SK and Erat

Smith centers the third line with Halischuk and Geoffrion.

Smithson is between Tootoo and Spaling on the 4th line.

You could always swap out Spaling and Geoffrion as Spaling and Halischuk played together in juniors and had some decent chemistry.

Add one more player to this and come playoff time we could be deadly. Put Rads in the mix, on the third line with Smith and Halischuk. Geoffrion becomes a spare part for the time being but a Smith, Rads, Hali third line wouldn't suck either.

Thing is, injuries will always happen so the fact that we have some depth is a good thing.

Love the way Smith is playing. I remember a few years ago in camp watching Hornqvist and Wilson and thinking, these guys need to play together on a consistent basis. They're getting it done with Smith or Legwand in the pivot. The cycling goal that Smith scored the other night was a thing of beauty. Hard work followed by a great move to the net and great pass by Wilson.

While we're all loving what Smith is doing, Wilson looks totally dedicated to what has to get done on the ice. When was the last time we'd see a rookie and a 2nd year guy out there getting 4 on 4 minutes? Says something about both guys and the trust Trotz has in them. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Halischuk has also been a very pleasant surprise for this team.

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