This is Smith's 2nd full season. Kindl is 2 years older and has been with the Wings around 4 years. It is funny how Kindl has scored every time he's played since being benched though.
I context of where drafted and currently I would agree. In contract terms I feel Ericsson has been the worst on the team. Either way Marchenko should be active in the line up for one of them.
Kindl has played 52 more NHL games than Smith. Not exactly 2 seasons, not even one.
Smith and Kindl were both drafted at similar draft positions. Both are of similar build. Both are regarded to have offensive upside. Both make dumb mistakes. Both are prone to defensive lapses. Both have similar point totals (Kindl's ppg has been much better than Smith's the last 2 years). Yet both are not treated the same (by us).
I heralded Smith (but never Kindl) when he was a prospect as our next great d-man, as many of us did. It's time to reassess. He's 26 now and going down the exact same path as Kindl. At this point, If you don't like Kindl, you shouldn't like Smith. I would be fine to see them both go.
Ya it's not as easy as back In the day but just of recent memory we dealt away jarnkrok backman janmark ... Let almquist go back without getting a decent shot even though I recall him scoring a few times I think?
And also dick axelsson,ryno,ritola and larsson ... Swedes haven't been too good to us of late ... Just nyquist and Andersson of late that's in the lineup
That being said i just read ehn won the award for best player in the junior super elite so let's hope he along with holmstrom make an impact
Granted only 2 Canadian boys have it made it for us recently too. Sheahan and Smith.
The Czechs/Slovaks have been good to us. Mrazek, Tatar, Jurco, Kindl, even Hudler