Haha, all this bitching about Smith. Does anyone remember Kronwalls play from 05-07? He was a turnover machine, and made dumb decisions with the puck. But he grew, and then established himself a solid #3 in 07-08, and the rest is history. How about Ericsson? He was dreadful for 2 and half seasons, and now he's our shut down defenseman #2/3. Defenseman take longer to develop, Smith is learning at the best time of the year, the playoffs. He's gonna be fine.
The league will watch the DeKeyser tapes and figure out what to do with him next year, as well. LGWers will be whipping on him soon enough. I cant understand how a fan can bash a guy who's exciting to watch (in a bad way sometimes) and promote a guy like Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi hasnt been an effective playoff guy EVER. He has ZERO value to this team at this stage of the season. "Should we put Bertuzzi and Tootoo in to goon it up?" PLEASE. These guys are liabilities for 60 minites AND Bertuzzi does NOT fight. He's not Donald Brashear. He's Teddy Ruxpin. Smith, on the other hand, doesnt let any nonsense go unnoticed. Elbow Nyquist? Youre gonna get a sock in the mouth. "Smith, youre stupid. Have some control. We cant have that now." B.S. We cant afford to be missing thst EVER is the truth of the matter. Choice is simple. Babcock knows hes got a gem in #2. Thats why he's throwing him to the wolves 20 minutrs a game and letting him gain his stripes. Get behind him. He's good.