I still think our best bet is to make him a forward.
Package a forward and whatever For a good D man and move Smith upfront ah la Brett Burns.
A couple years down the road you've got Smith Andy Mantha or Smith Helm Mantha
He's got the tools and the skills and enough speed, he's just mis- cast as a defenseman.
That may actually work. I'd take him on forward if he played the position even like his brother, who is a pain in the ass bottom 6 guy to play against. He has the speed for sure. Maybe he'd enjoy just forechecking the hell out of guys. A line of Smith-Helm-Tootoo would be interesting. Hey guys, lets go out there, skate really fast, get 10 hits a shift and then Smitty and Toots can fight guys!