It's good to see that after being healthy scratched for three of Detroit's best games, and then making his way back onto the lineup because of injury, and finally playing one decent game, Brendan Smith is being rewarded with top pair minutes. Other young guys can't seam to crawl their way onto this team, yet Brendan gets top minutes for some unknown reason.
What's that you say? It's good for his confidence? Definitely. In the sense that anyone would be confident if all they had to do was play a decent game out of every ten in order to get prime minutes. Hell, with that as your only stipulation Kyle Quincey ought to be promoted to defenseman of the world and play alongside Superman with the Incredible Hulk and Thor as a second pairing.
I see where you're coming from, I just see it has pairing their weakest dman with their best while E is out just to give some sort of balance to all the pairings. Will help smith a lot to play with a good vet.