I hope Clouston really shakes things up by throwing Smith on the first line with Spezza and Alfie. He could really add some energy to the first line and allow Michalek slide down to the 2nd or third line when he comes back. Smith's crash and bang style might open some up space for the skill guys and help Alfie get back on the goal scoring track.
Smith reinforces the type of style this team needs to play to be successful, hard on the forecheck and hard to play against period.
I really like this idea. It would be interesting to try out for a few games.
This... Karlsson has been very weak since his injury.
Actually hes been very week over the past 2-3 games. Right after the injury he came back fine.
There gonna have to give him time to find his game, sending him to the AHL right now isnt doing us any good especially considering Lee's game regressed right before we sent him down as well. Need to give Karlsson the chance to find his game, because the element he can bring is one we need.
Bringing up Smith was a message to Regin to get it going (it's working) and a punishment for Shannon for the Dallas Ribeiro goal (not working since Shannon can't help his cause or the team by sitting and Smith is not doing much - 0 shots in 2 games/11 minutes of ice time/several hits).