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#21 e_prime

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 03:40 PM

I'm not ready to give up on Smith just yet, but Kindl can get packed off to a team that has trouble signing players and/or is in re-build mode and can trade us a better defenseman - ASAP.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 03:55 PM

Smith is an offensive defensman; I think we can all see that in his game. I agree with Kip though, that Babs cares about defense before offense, so Smith needs to learn to take care of things on the defensive side of the puck, and adapt his offensive game without sacrificing scoring opportunities against us. He's getting better every week at this. Last year most of LGW wanted him off the team, earlier this year more folks started believing that he could be solid for us, and now we have a thread dedicated to "the real Brendan Smith" finally showing up. I still believe he has a ways to go, and ultimately see him being the Brian Rafalski that we've been missing in a couple years. Time will tell if he reaches that potential or not, but he's trending in the right direction.

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 04:15 PM

 

I think you need to temper that a bit.  I agree that he's a rookie and therefore it's premature to throw in the towel on him...but...lots of other rookies (Lashoff and Dekeyser for instance) manage to go game to game without being noticeably terrible at protecting the puck or maintaining zone coverages.  Smith is bad at both...even for a rookie. 

 

The guy you were responding to is wrong for thinking that Smith's deficiencies doom him to a awful career, likewise you're wrong for insinuating that his being a rookie excuses him from having to play responsible defense.

 

True, I was a bit hard on the guy, but its not like a hockey forum is a place for careful critical thinking and rational arguments. You sir are a gentleman and scholar while I was... less so. Still, Smith is the last player I am pinning my hopes on for this team. 



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 04:28 PM

Smith is an offensive defensman; I think we can all see that in his game. I agree with Kip though, that Babs cares about defense before offense, so Smith needs to learn to take care of things on the defensive side of the puck, and adapt his offensive game without sacrificing scoring opportunities against us. He's getting better every week at this. Last year most of LGW wanted him off the team, earlier this year more folks started believing that he could be solid for us, and now we have a thread dedicated to "the real Brendan Smith" finally showing up. I still believe he has a ways to go, and ultimately see him being the Brian Rafalski that we've been missing in a couple years. Time will tell if he reaches that potential or not, but he's trending in the right direction.

 

I also think that "he is trending in the right direction", and I think that is a good way to phrase it. I think that with his skills, at all lower levels of hockey that he has played until the NHL, he thought of himself as somewhat of a badass - a hockey player being like a gunslinger that hasn't met his match to date. He was always mostly a big fish in a small pond, but now, he can't out maneuver the opposition based on his above average physical skills alone (skating, stick handling, etc).

 

The complete opposite was Nick Lidstrom, who despite a laser slapshot, relied mostly on smarts, and I think that we can all agree that he flourished this way. He wasn't Coffey fast, Weber physical, etc., but his positioning and anticipation were superhuman, and hopefully, Mr. Smith will take some of that to heart one day soon, and combine his God-given abilities with intelligent hockey. I think you can tell from interviews that he is not just plain dumb, so it must be that he still hasn't accepted the fact that the skills that allowed him to dominate at lower levels are not so unusual in the pro game. I think that (hopefully) if and when he ever catches on and buys into the program, watch out!


Edited by NYC Wings Fanatic, 10 March 2014 - 04:33 PM.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 05:01 PM

 

True, I was a bit hard on the guy, but its not like a hockey forum is a place for careful critical thinking and rational arguments. You sir are a gentleman and scholar while I was... less so. Still, Smith is the last player I am pinning my hopes on for this team. 

 

I completely agree, and my views on Smith are pretty well established.  But I do recognize that a guy can develop late...particularly in our system.  I was one of the "f*ck Ericsson" folks a couple years ago and I had to eat crow on that.  So I have to at least consider the possibility that Smith could do the same, as much as I hate his stupid face.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 06:27 PM

 

I completely agree, and my views on Smith are pretty well established.  But I do recognize that a guy can develop late...particularly in our system.  I was one of the "f*ck Ericsson" folks a couple years ago and I had to eat crow on that.  So I have to at least consider the possibility that Smith could do the same, as much as I hate his stupid face.

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 08:43 PM

I don't think Smith's behind schedule, development-wise. I think we'd just set our expectations too high.

 

Pairing him with Quincey for so long probably didn't help.

 

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Edited by Dabura, 10 March 2014 - 08:48 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 10:34 PM

We've heard for years of the type of player that Smith can be, and every now and then we see glimpses; but I'm not sure yet who the real Brendan Smith is. Is he the fast skating offensive threat? Or is he the boneheaded penalty taking machine? I wish I knew.

 

I just wish Babs would handle him better, Smith was heralded as an offensive threat and yet other then a few chances Babs has never given him a chance on the PP. Of all the guys Babs has tried on the point, and failed miserably with(yes I'm looking at you Sammy) why not give Smith a chance? If I'm not mistaken even Ian White had a chance on the PP, Ian freaking White let's all digest that for a second... But the coaching staff can't take all the blame, Smith hasn't taken that next step defensively and made Babs handle him differently either. 

 

There are games when I love the guy and there are games when I want to ring his neck. Other then Quincey he might be the most frustrating player on the team he's talented but hasn't put it all together yet. I guess only time will tell who the real Brendon Smith really is.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:10 PM

Yep, at times at the start of the year Smith was PKing regularly while Dekeyser wasnt but Dekeyser was on the PP. Babcocks handling of Smith is just bizarre. Kindl didnt produce all year but has all the PP time in the world. Smith is second in ES scoring for dmen and one point off of second without a lick of PP time.

 

Maybe Babcock is scared if he starts scoring he'll stop worry about defense but with this team needing goals now and an anemic PP he should've at least got a shot.

 

As for whoever said Lashoff doesnt look bad out there, its because he plays the same minutes as the fourth line forwards do. Give him Smiths minutes and Smith looks much better.

 

I'm not a huge advanced stats guy but Smith is now leading Detroits D in corsirelative and has a comparable quality of competition, hes not extremely sheltered or anything.


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:08 AM

Smith was so bad in the playoffs that I started to resent him. I want to see him do well with the Wings. He has gotten better but is still a long way from being dependable.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:44 AM

Why Babs won't play him on the PP though is bizarre.  Like someone else mentioned, maybe he's trying to make Smith "earn" his PP time through strong defensive play.  It makes no sense that your Dman who is 2nd in even strength scoring gets no PP time.


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 02:21 AM

PP should be

Kronwall - Smith
Quincey - Kindl

PK should be

Kronwall - Ericsson
Quincey - DeKeyser

Yeah I put on Q on both units, I don't share LGW's overblown hate from him.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 09:11 AM

 

I think you need to temper that a bit.  I agree that he's a rookie and therefore it's premature to throw in the towel on him...but...lots of other rookies (Lashoff and Dekeyser for instance) manage to go game to game without being noticeably terrible at protecting the puck or maintaining zone coverages.  Smith is bad at both...even for a rookie. 

 

The guy you were responding to is wrong for thinking that Smith's deficiencies doom him to a awful career, likewise you're wrong for insinuating that his being a rookie excuses him from having to play responsible defense.

 

Nevermind.  I had something to say but I'll "temper" that.  :nono:


Edited by Hockeymom1960, 11 March 2014 - 09:13 AM.


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 08:44 PM

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 09:18 PM

I've been in the Red Wings locker room. It's a tightly packed place especially right after a game. I have no idea how they find a place for Brendan Smith's seeing-eye dog.

 

 

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:16 PM

Is there a clinical diagnosis of bipolar hockey disorder? It always seems to be that he can look like an all-star one game (or even on one play), and then look like a beginning AHLer the very next one. As he is today, he will win your heart sometimes, and then break it at others.

 

Maybe you oldtimers like me will remember the line from that 1950's-60's quiz show, To Tell The Truth... "Will the real Brendan Smith, please stand up?"


Edited by NYC Wings Fanatic, 15 March 2014 - 06:41 AM.


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:22 PM

Smith and DD or DD Kronwall and Smith Big E
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Posted 15 March 2014 - 12:08 AM

This ret*ard has been banished to the third pairing (where he belongs) and he still can't make a decent pass against bottom six talent on a s***ty team.  I honestly can't believe the people complaining about how he needs more PP time/How his game is negatively influenced by Quincey.  I'll give a nice hefty back slap to the person who starts the "Poor Brian Lashoff, having to Play with Smith" thread. 

 

As always, he'll get get better.  But god knows why so many people make excuses for this dips***...oh wait...he occasionally (but rarely) fights guys.  Durrrr....


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Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 12:11 AM

He sure "showed up" tonight. 



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:51 AM

He sure "showed up" tonight. 

Aside from that obviously terrible pass in that game, I thought he had a pretty good night otherwise. Was jumping in and keeping the play alive in the offensive zone really well. And I can't remember the last time I raged at him before that pass yesterday. So I think he's been solid lately.

Edited by Wheelchairsuperhero, 15 March 2014 - 12:08 PM.






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