I might be going out on a limb here.....But does anyone else think that with the above pairings - Kindl/DeKeyser could potentially find themselves as a 2nd pairing Dmen by mid season while Smith/Quincey get 3rd pairing minutes?
I've always been a fan of Smith and think he's got crazy potential. And yes I'm aware that he was a little shaky in the playoffs, but for his first real season in the NHL, it very easily could have been a whole lot worse. But Quincey on the other hand.....I think we never should have traded the 1st rounder for him, but I can armchair GM all night.
Once DeKeyser gets used to the team and settles into his role and the NHL in general, he'll be just fine and I'm expecting to see some of his offensive game. I'm one of the few who actually believe that that Lashoff shouldn't be a 7th D-Man and would like to see more of him next season.