He's an excellent 4th line centerman. MacT talked alot about the Oilers needing a big centerman when he was working on the TSN panel a couple years ago, and I wonder how much input he had on this deal (Smithson being a RHS and 6'3", >200lbs).
a 5th would've been better, but I don't mind giving up a 4th for Smithson.
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smart move by the oilers. Smithson is reliable defensively and is outstanding in the faceoff circle (Something Edmonton needs). He is often called upon to take draws when games are on the line in the final minute in our zone.
He's got decent size too. Don't really know a lot about him though.
Good on faceoffs,
81 hits (2nd on the Panthers).
2 minutes a night on the PK although that isn't necessarily a good thing, Florida has the worst PK in the league.
Good move. UFA after this season, but current cap hit is only $800K. Can win face-offs and his offense is realistically better than Belanger has given us. If Tambellini can turn Belanger into something better than a 4th round pick, I'd say he's done a very good job.
Cool. Solid pickup.
I guess Belanger is finished here, maybe on IR for the rest of the season?
The question now is.... Who goes to the pressbox? Brown? Petrell?
I have a feeling that Tambellini might ship out a forward now, maybe Jones.