Since I'm getting lumped in let me say I've got no problems whatsoever with skill. My criticism is for a guy like Jakub Kindl who appears to have little skill and no grit. If you disagree please reply by saying you think that right now Jakub Kindl is better than Brendan Smith.
Too bad; he was just starting to come into his own the past couple of games when finally given more of a chance. Still had a boneheaded mistake or two, but he looked decent on the PP, and can really make some fine first-passes out of the zone. I'm really starting to like his play on the breakout.
Kinda strange they played him earlier, though, knowing that he was already hurt. Couldn't get Janik back in town fast enough, or what? Just hope he's not out for too long now; it'd be a shame to see his golden chance to prove himself go up in smoke because of this.
Its too bad that Kindl got injured, and I hope its minor and we get him back soon. I haven't given up on this kid, and the best way to learn in the NHL is to play lots of games in the NHL. I too thought he'd been playing well recently. Not mistake-free obviously, but playing well.
Thank god Philly has Pronger, Timonen and Meszaros also injured so we have quite even situation.
Eh, they shut out Washington last night with all those people out. Defensively we're about as equal but offensively they have almost no one injured. Kubina also took a nice little puck to the face last night but I think he came back and kept playing.
Sucks what happened to Kindl, besides his passing he was actually playing well and getting good mins with all these players out. These are needed mins for a guy like Smith though, tough team to play against tomorrow.