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#21 crotty99

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 01:57 AM

Ouch 5-0. Bad luck smith. Im excited to watch this guy develop.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 01:59 AM

Mike Green is a hell of a lot more talented than Smith. I wouldn't use that comparison at all. Smith though already has an awesome shot. It's better than your average NHL shooter. He's really good with the puck. Without it, well, you're right in that he isn't great in the defensive zone. However, this year he is significantly better in that area. Also, fighting is not a strength of his but he is not afraid to hit back if someone tries to start stuff with him.

I see Smith and Lashoff complementing each other pretty well. Kind of like a Kronwall-Stuart combo in the making.


I disagree on the "hell of a lot" part. Smith has the most offensive potential of any Wings d-man drafted since Lidstrom. Smith's got the kind of offensive instincts you can't train. Aside from that he's painfully raw. He's just a big ass kid with insane offensive upside. What becomes of him remains to be seen.

Lashoff looks really good too. He's looked very good in both his stints with GR. I'm excited about him. Logan Pyatt is pretty good too. He's had a better season in GR than Kindl but he's Rafalski sized so he doesn't get a whole lot of buzz.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 02:31 AM

I always heard a lot of talk about Kindl. When I started watching him play last year I was not sure what all the buzz was about. Kindl has always been overrated in my book, but I guess we can still keep hope for him. Lashoff always shows up big when he is needed, there is nothing that says he will not be a top pair defenseman some day. I have heard a lot of very good and very bad things about Smith. I remember someone on this website saying they watched Smith play all the time and he was the most overrated prospect we have. I have heard others say that Smith plays on a completely different level than everyone else and is a machine. All of these guys should make it to the NHL someday, but my hopes are set for Lashoff to make it big.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 09:46 AM

Which is still, honestly, a success... just to have a consistent player in the NHL (which he might not be). But Kindl almost made the team 3 years ago, and really has done little since then. I am actually hoping he might be a bit like Quincy, and that after that initial taste, he simply is on auto-pilot until he gets back to the Big Show again... only this time, instead of with a different team, but replacing Lebda for the Wings.

Kindl and Quincey have nothing in common. I've seen them both regularly in their first three years of their career.

Quincey - big, physical with a heck of a hard shot and a good hitter. More of a stay at home D-man. Not a fighter, but will drop his gloves in a second if it means protecting his teammates.

Kindl - faster, better skater than Quincey. More offensive upside, but far less defensively. Not a fighter nor a hitter. Not a stay-at-home D-Man...often caught behind the play in break away situations. Needs a D partner that can cover both spots. Has always finished the season with a negative +/- (-34 his first year; -14 last year; -4 this year to date).

Question: Does anyone remember who Kindl was generally paired up with 3 seasons ago when he almost made the Wings' roster?

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 09:52 AM

I went to the Frozen Four Championship game last night and Wisconsin didn't look good at all. They got shutout 5-0. However, I cannot wait to see him play in a wings jersey someday! :)

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:27 AM

Kindl and Quincey have nothing in common. I've seen them both regularly in their first three years of their career.

Quincey - big, physical with a heck of a hard shot and a good hitter. More of a stay at home D-man. Not a fighter, but will drop his gloves in a second if it means protecting his teammates.

Kindl - faster, better skater than Quincey. More offensive upside, but far less defensively. Not a fighter nor a hitter. Not a stay-at-home D-Man...often caught behind the play in break away situations. Needs a D partner that can cover both spots. Has always finished the season with a negative +/- (-34 his first year; -14 last year; -4 this year to date).

Question: Does anyone remember who Kindl was generally paired up with 3 seasons ago when he almost made the Wings' roster?

I think when he said like Quincy he meant that he was god up with Detroit for a stint then went to GR and didn't play so hot, then when he came up to the NHL for good he was really good. I don't think he's comparing styles because Lashoff is a lot like Quincy I would say, not Kindl.

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