Smyth, is there still a chance he could be playing center?
We just finished drafting for a yahoo league, with points based on everything from +/- to pims to face offs won, etc. I managed to steal Ryan Smyth in the 3rd round, with the 45th pick. Now I know if the guy stays healthy he's good for 30+ goals, his share of PP pts and pims, but what I really want to know is if the Oilers are planning on using him at center like they were suggesting early on in camp because if that's the case then he'll be a real dynamo for me considering he's listed as a LWer in our pool and wont be taking up a center posn from my roster, while still pouring in the face wins.
Was it just an experiment or does it look like it could actually happen?
Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
PS - I also wound up with Dvorak and Brewer as late round pick-ups (10th and 11th rounds respectively) so if anyone wants to give me a heads up on what I can expect from either of those guys this year, that would be a bonus. I'm thinking 25g and 50pts (lots on the PP) with an even rating for Dvorak is definately attainable; while Brewer hopefully bounces back with a solid 30+ pt season, with some decent defensive #s (pims and +/-).
50-60 points for D-Vo sounds about right...with an even plus minus. Also, Brewer should get about 30-40 points. I'm hoping this would be his breakout year.
Getting Smyth in the third round for yahoo is okay...but the real sleepers are Sakic, Samsonov, Pronger, Allison, and Deadmarsh. I've gotten Sakic in the 3rd round, Pronger on the 5th, and Samsonov on the 7th. Some people just don't bother to look further down the lists.
If you look back a few years, it even sort of resembles the Smyth-Weight-Guerin line, except the playmaker would now be on the right wing instead of at centre. these boys all ahve seemed to click, and it would be a shame to not at least give them a chance at the big dance before they are broken up. Just my 2 cents.
if you put your 2 cents in, but only get a penny for your thoughts, where does the other penny go?
Maybe temporarily, but definitely not permanently, IMHO:
1. Smyth's best asset is his ability to drive down the boards and squeak by defensemen to create scoring opportunities. Putting him at center effectively eliminates that aspect of his game.
2. A center needs to have fairly good face-off abilities. Smyth isn't going to be able to do it consistently on a game-to-game basis.
3. Shifting from wing to center is a difficult defensive change to make. Smyth may get away with a few mental lapses here and there early on, but defensive mistakes will cost the team wins over the course of a long season.
4. Hopefully Comrie re-signs, or at the very least, gets traded for a center.
5. Once York fully heals, he's much more suited to playing the center position than Smyth is. York is less effective playing center than he is wing, but Smyth is MUCH less effective playing center than wing.
6. Putting Smyth in the center position moves Isbister up to first line LW. While Isbister should be given a chance at that position during the season, playing him consistently in that role may put too much pressure on him to produce.