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#1 Aussie_Wing

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 08:25 AM

Brendan Smith, our first choice (27th overall) in the 2007 draft is off to a good start to his NCAA career. He has 2 points in his first 2 games and I found this interesting:

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Smith is nominally a defenseman, but describes himself as an "offensive defenseman" who likes to be known as a "defensively wise player." The Detroit Red Wings selected him at pick 27.

"I feel a lot of pressure, and I want to feel a lot of pressure," Smith said. "I told coach, 'If you want to put me in that position, I want to do it.' I like being that clutch player in the dire moments, either trying to stop a goal or trying to get a goal, I want to be that guy."

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 10:56 AM

gotta love his positive attitude smile.gif
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Posted 23 October 2007 - 11:39 AM

To top it off he's attending U. of Wisconsin-Madison; a very good school with strong hockey tradition thumbup.gif

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 02:34 PM

QUOTE(F.Michael @ October 23, 2007 - 12:39PM) View Post

To top it off he's attending U. of Wisconsin-Madison; a very good school with strong hockey tradition thumbup.gif

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 03:28 PM

man cant wait to see this guy progress

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 12:03 PM

Please oh please let faith in him be well placed.

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 04:09 AM

Goal and an assist to Smith in his last outing. That means Smith has 2 goals and 6 assists in 7 games, great start to his NCAA career. thumbup.gif

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 01:41 AM

From Day 2 of Prospect Camp 2009.

"Brendan Smith has matured physically (and otherwise) as well, and his puck-rushing ability has gained some defensive prowess thanks to University of Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves' instruction. Smith still plays like a puck-carrying forward who switched to defense at 16 years of age, but his equally lanky body has filled out somewhat, and a slight adjustment in his skating stride, involving a nearly straight-backed upright posture, has subtracted nothing from his explosive stride."

( http://blog.mlive.co...p_09_day_1.html )

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 06:56 AM

I gotta admit, I've lost faith in this guy over the years. I'm not so high on him anymore, I just hope he can stay injury free this season and show us what he's capable of.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 02:02 PM

He's 2+3=5 +1 in 3 games so far. He didn't play one game, but I don't think he was benched because he had a goal and an assist the game before.

Badger junior defenseman Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario) did not give Stepan much time to celebrate his goal, as he scored on an unassisted breakaway just seconds later, putting UW up 2-0. The goal took some swift stick handling by Smith, as he skated past Maverick defenders end-to-end, before punching it in for the score.

Edited by Slabby, 25 October 2009 - 02:05 PM.


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Posted 02 November 2009 - 11:56 PM

QUOTE (Slabby @ October 25, 2009 - 03:02PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He's 2+3=5 +1 in 3 games so far. He didn't play one game, but I don't think he was benched because he had a goal and an assist the game before.

Badger junior defenseman Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario) did not give Stepan much time to celebrate his goal, as he scored on an unassisted breakaway just seconds later, putting UW up 2-0. The goal took some swift stick handling by Smith, as he skated past Maverick defenders end-to-end, before punching it in for the score.


Make that 2+7=9 in 5 games. Kid can definitely put up the points.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 05:42 PM

Red Wings prospect Brendan Smith named WCHA defensive player of the week

http://blog.mlive.co...ndan_smi_2.html

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 11:31 AM

http://www.uscho.com...1/27/uw-msu.php

Smith’s two first period goals set the tempo for No.15 Wisconsin in the opening game of the College Hockey Showcase and his beauty of a third period assist finished off eighth ranked Michigan State, as the Spartans had no answer in a 7-3 drubbing in front of 5,199 fans Friday.

“If we had to choose another captain, I’d choose (Smith),” said senior Michael Davies, who had two goals and an assist. “He leads by example out there on the ice.”

Smith, the 27th overall pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings, had been one of the many high-powered Wisconsin weapons that have been scratching their heads, wondering when the chances would start converting into tallies. His answer started at nine minutes, 23 seconds of the first, taking a feed from sophomore Derek Stepan (one goal, four assists) and chipping the puck past MSU goalie Drew Palmisano (21 saves).

If the first Smith goal didn’t put the Spartans back on their heels, UW’s first of three power play goals on the night did the trick, as Smith chipped in the puck in front of the MSU net to double the lead and put UW (8-4-1) in firm control for the remainder of the game.

“That just deflated the whole crowd and helped us in the first period, because we didn’t give our best effort,” Smith said.

That wasn’t to say the Spartans (9-4-2) didn’t make things interesting on the Badgers. After junior Corey Tropp scored his team-leading 10th goal in the first 15 seconds of the third period, trimming the lead to two and awakening the dormant crowd, Smith, covered by two Michigan State defenders, slid a cross-ice pass to senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion, who faked low and shot high over senior goalie Bobby Jarosz at 11:42. It extended the three goal lead, it sent Spartans fans for the exits and it extended UW’s unbeaten streak over Michigan State to five.

“Not many players can make that pass,” said Stepan. “He’s got that special ability to make that crisp pass.”

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 07:08 AM

Thought you might like this, even though it came against my alma mater of MTU.

http://www.nbc15.com...s/78820612.html

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 09:32 AM

Sounds promising.

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 01:59 PM

A much more offensively minded Lilja?

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Shot blocking is something UW assistant coach Mark Osiecki drills into his players defensively from the moment they become Badgers. For a player like junior Brendan Smith, it was something that took some getting used to.

“It was hard my first year, I was like, ‘This is nuts; this is retarded.’ Sometimes it really hurts when you take a slap shot to the wrist or something,” Smith said. “But as the year’s gone on, it’s just engraved in me, it’s a habit.”

“It hurts and it’s a character thing — it helps out so much because the next time that forward comes down on you, he’s not going to shoot, he’s going to fake it and you can take the puck off him,” he added. “Sometimes it gives him hesitation and it gives you more time to react to what they’re going to do.”


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Posted 18 December 2009 - 06:20 PM

Looks like Puck Daddy thinks he has the best opportunity to win the Hobey Baker award

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 11:56 PM

Smith was left out of the Hobey Top-3, and though I dont follow college hockey too much, I keep hearing the decision to leave him out is a complete load of crap.
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Posted 09 April 2010 - 09:50 AM

Smith with a 5 point (all assists) night against RIT in the semi's.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 09:26 AM

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Pluses: Sigh. Too many to list. Smith is most definitely a solid 62 and has room to put muscle onto an gangly 190-lb. frame. He definitely needs to put on some weight and work on his upper-body strength, but his lower-body strength is reflected in his absolutely splendid skating stride. Smith has an upright skating stride that just gobbles up ice because his core and lower legs are exceedingly strong and he glides along the ice like a forward, mostly because he grew up playing as a forward. He doesnt lose half a step when he gets the puck, hes capable of bursts of speed to allow himself to cover up for his mistakes, he can pinch and actually beat his forwards to the net at times, and his abilities to skate sideways/laterally and change direction in a heartbeat are elite.

Smith has fantastic vision and can either find teammates on the rush with seeing-eye passes that almost always hit the tape or allow the receiver to skate into the pass at full speed, or he can carry the puck up the ice himself, lugging it with authority, confidence, and the kind of presence that makes opposing players back off so that he can generate space for his teammates to work with. His vision, sense of urgency in every pass he makes, deftness and plain old savvyHes an NHL passer already.
The same can be said of his hard, low shot, which he unleashes on a very sneaky basis. He can truly thread the needle toward the net to generate rebounds down low, he can execute shot-passes efficiently, he knows how to chip the puck out of trouble even if hes only got one hand on his stick and his snap and wrist shots are almost as hard as his slap shot.

The fact that hes extremely vocal on the ice helps as he lets players know where they should be to accept his passes, tip in shots, help him clear the zone or get themselves out of jams. His enthusiasm and on-ice leadership are not to be underestimated as he also talks to his teammates early and often on the bench, making sure to give them pats and taps to sometimes congratulate and sometimes console them.

He also has an extremely underrated physical bite to his game, offering efficient and ever-so-subtly-nasty hacks, whacks, cross-checks, and bodychecks that not only seal his opponents to the boards or take them out of action, but also leave them sore and wary of heading toward Smith with their head down. Hes not exactly Niklas Kronwall, but he does offer a Brad Stuart-like efficiency and physical presence.

Minuses: See: his incredible level of talent, which sometimes goes to his head. When Smith simply coasts on his talent, or plays like a hot dog, trying to show off or make the play that would best suit his ego, the passes flutter off his stick blade, shots go wide, and his game loses focus, allowing players to slip by on the rush and allowing opponents to jab rebounds into the net because hes given them too much time and space. Smiths been able to get away with mailing it in at times at the college levelthough his coaches at Wisconsin, including Mike Eaves and Mark Osiecki, deserve major credit for benching him a few times when Smith just wasnt into playing on certain nightsand as ridiculously talented as he is, he wont be able to get away with playing when hes interested in doing so at the AHL or NHL levels.
Thats where the concerns regarding his off-ice incidents with alcohol come in. Smith is a genuinely nice young man whos gregarious and outgoing, but when he assumes that his hockey stardom equals entitlement, you get the kind of behavior that is at least explainable when youre a college student, but is not acceptable in any way, shape, or form if youre a member of the Detroit Red Wings organization. Im sure that Jiri Fischer and the Wings management will make sure that hes committed to growing up both on and off the ice as a Griffin, but they might have their work cut out for them at times.

Potential upside: If he keeps his head on straight, he could very well become a 10-goal, 50-point-producing NHL defenseman, an elite first-pair player who could run the power play, helm the penalty-killing unit, mash his opponents and become a superb leader. If he tries to half-arse it or only gives 100% effort when hes interested, and if he doesnt continue to get bigger and stronger in the gym, his sure-fire stint in the NHL will be a short one and a stint marked by what ifs.





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