Ummm until the last 10 game stretch Quincey hasn't been very good at all defensively... Quincey is an older and more developed player than Smith so of course he may make less mistakes but the difference is Quincey makes boneheaded mistakes DESPITE being in the league for a long time and hasn't learned from them. Smith is still raw and hasn't had all the learning experiences yet. So if you want to go and rip on smith for his shortcomings then you better start ripping on tatar for all his turnovers by trying to do too much with the puck and rip on DD for his low point totals which are comparable with Smith's despite getting PP time. So just rip on ALL the rookies for playing like rookies and say players that have been in the league longer are better - that way you will be consistent.
Yeah the difference is that most rookies do at least one thing pretty well. Tatar scores, Lashoff kills penalties, and Dekeyser is good defensively (and better offensively than Smith too). Smith's an offensive d-man who doesn't score...or play defense. People don't expect Tatar to be great defensively, people DO expect Smith to be able to pass and play offense and he's not good at that.
As noted above, he starts in the offensive zone more than any of our other defenseman and still only barely scores more than Quincey who starts in the d-zone more than any of our defensemen.
Keep making excuses for Brendan, you're only proving my point. The stats don't lie. He's not very good. And the more you try to make it seem so, the more you show that you're going to defend him no matter what the truth is.
Here's a thought, why don't you tell me all the ways that Smith is better than Quincey, or Dekeyser, or Lashoff...and I'll post links to tell you how wrong you are. Or I could just do it for you...
Smith's gritty: Lashoff and Quincey have more hits and blocked shots.
Smith's Offensive: Quincey has more goals, and Dekeyser has more points.
Smith's safer: Nope. leads the defense in turnovers.
Smith's versatile: Nope, doesn't play any special teams.
Smith only does one thing better than the rest of our defense...turn the puck over. Everybody else has at least one thing over him. But keep telling me how good he is and how bad they suck.
True. But Quincey’s got waaaaaay more NHL games under his belt. Smith’s at the age roughly that Quincey was when they waved him the first time. Mind you that D group was tougher to crack than this one.
I’m neither pro or anti Smith, for the record. I like him sometimes and sometimes I want to punch him in the ***.
Not so coincidently, I feel the exact same way about Quincey.
Dekeyser and Lashoff are both rookies, why don't they suck as bad as Smith defensively if it's merely a product of being young? Lashoff's better defensively, and Dekeyser is better offensively AND defensively (while playing fewer games). Being young's not an excuse. Smith is young AND bad (right now).
Edited by kipwinger, 21 March 2014 - 11:28 PM.