I actually really like the Smith prediction. Type of guy who could draw some attention on frustration alone, and he's definitely capable of scoring.
Regarding the Regin/Greening comparison, I wasn't trying to imply there isn't a contrast between the two. I would agree that Regin probably wins out in the skill department. Goes without saying, though, that there have been plenty of examples of lesser "skilled" players developing reputations as playoff performers based purely on style.
Detroit has been (and still is) laced with these types of players. In fact, if you look back at past Stanley Cup winners or teams who have done damage in the playoffs, most of them have an example of it. Anaheim pretty much beat the Sens in 2007 with that damn Pahlsson-R. Neidermayer-Moen line. I digress.
I'll say again though that Zack Smith may turn out to be a nice call by those who said him.
Smith. He is a competitor, agitator and has a surprisingly decent shot. He doesn't shy away from getting into it with star players (kessel and stamkos both come to mind). My blinders might be on when it comes to him but I really think he has the ability to be an impact player come playoffs.
Three guys I am looking at specifically for the playoffs are Chris Neil, Zack Smith, and Kyle Turris. I think at least 2 of them will really show that they are elevating their game for the post-season.
I am so pumped for the playoffs! I am thirsting for Sens playoff games but I am sure we all have been doing the same.
Kuba- Karlsson will be a target so I think Kuba will shoulder some of the extra load
Foligno- I just think he will... By all accounts from the local media and even Pierre McGuire... He cares so much and puts a ton of pressure on himself to perform I think he will in the playoffs
Obrien/Smith- The top 2 lines will see the best D pairings and its up to our lower tier guys to really pick up the slack... They both had great playoffs last year as well...
Cowen- Great track record in these situations...
This playoff is going to be a HUGE coming out party for Erin. I have a feeling he's going to score a huge overtime goal in the first round followed by a classic Erk Condra smile/celebration. His elite level stamina is going to be one of the keys of the series...just wait and see.
This kid was lights out for the 'Yotes against Detroit. Plus he wont see the top pairing.
I like the depth to rise up. Condra, Smith are going to have a monster series. Smith and Neil being physical forces, Condra playing his tail off and finally showing some finish.
Hadn't thought about him, but definately. Veteran not getting any younger, and didn't come to Ottawa to tutor prospects, it just happened to work out that way. He was sorely missed in the Carolina game. Gonchar isn't flashy but is a key in the back end.