I agree that Smith hasn't been very good. But I'm guessing a lot of teams would love for the Wings to dump him for nothing.
Smith is playing over 19 minutes a night, third among Dmen behind Kronwall and Ericsson. And now doing it against the best team in the league. He's getting exposed for the rookie he is.
Imagine if the Wings had played Kindl or Ericsson like that. They had the benefit of a better blueline so they could play lower pressure bottom pairing minutes. Smith is getting thrown in the deep end.
It's painful to watch, but this is the team we have right now. It's trial by fire.
I wish people would keep their opinions out of our roster. We have a professional coaching staff that gets paid well to make these decisions.
I will trust Babcock over any one on these boards any second of any day.