As much potential Beck and Forsberg have shown, I thought Bang played a pretty solid game and was our 3rd best forward. The Kostitsyn - Spaling line looked much better when he was in place of Smith.
I also know this season is breeding negativity but I thought we looked good enough to win. Zetterbergs goal was a lucky bounce that we havent gotten this year. Howard made some great saves, Josi and Halischuk come to mind plus a few others.
Craig Smith has awesome hands, speed and can actually control the puck some. Why is he not producing? Everything seems to be there and the past 10 games or so he has be playing much better but the numbers are not coming.
One thing I continually notice about Smith is he's so light on the puck. Doesn't take much effort at all to separate him from the puck, and he usually ends up on his keyster afterwards.
With the experience he is getting now, he should be the first call up when Gaustad breaks a nail next year.
I guess that is the only good thing about this stretch. getting good expereince these kids can take back with them with coach's notes on things to imporve on.
Beck seems like a good fit next year. The others need seasoning, yes, but the potential is there and exciting.
One thing that worries me is all the youth we will have in the next few years--I don't think we will be because of 35-6-8, but I don't want to be Edmonton and have all this awesome forward talent and suck because we are playing boys vs men.
"One thing I continually notice about Smith is he's so light on the puck. Doesn't take much effort at all to separate him from the puck, and he usually ends up on his keyster afterwards. "
THIS!! Right now, the Preds are the softest and one of the worst passing teams in the NHL, maybe all of hockey. With all of the injuries, should there be concern about the strength/conditioning coaches? I know NOTHING is going to happen with the behind the bench coaching staff to correct the passing/shooting problems : (