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krsmith17

Member Since 12 Jun 2011
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In Topic: Are the wings underrated?

Today, 10:00 AM

No Kip, all I'm saying is that people, including yourself need to relax with some of the negativity on here all the time. Does it really need to be brought up every time he or any other player on the team makes a mistake? It sure as hell isn't brought up every time he makes a big play, not by you or the other haters on here anyway. The point is, a lot of people are very quick to point out his shortcomings but rarely ever give the kid praise when he's playing well. Anyway, like I keep saying, let's agree to disagree on where Smith is at or where he will end up because we clearly don't see eye to eye on this. Just drop it and I won't bring it up the next time you decide to ***** about him...


In Topic: Are the wings underrated?

Today, 09:45 AM

Couldn't agree more Jesusberg. I really hope Babcock has his pairings...

 

Kronwall - Ericsson

DeKeyser - Smith

Quincey - Kindl / prospect

Lashoff


In Topic: Are the wings underrated?

Today, 09:06 AM

Nobody has said Brendan Smith is bad? Really? You can't be serious... There are numerous people on here including yourself that constantly ***** and complain about him, or even go as far as to say he should be traded... Some fans clearly don't see the potential in this kid, and to me that is frustrating, especially after witnessing first hand, our two top defenseman going through the same type growing pains at the same age. Fans just need to learn to be patient with players (and the team), but they want immediate success / satisfaction.

 

Also, you don't have to "listen to me drone" about anything. I'm just stating my point, and that is that Smith is a really good defenseman in the making and he doesn't deserve half the s*** he gets on here from some fans. I find once a player rubs someone on here the wrong way, they will always be that player, no matter how much better they get over time. I also think that some of the users on here feed off of each others negative energy, it becomes the thing to do, ***** about specific players. eg. "Kylef***ingQuincey"...

 

Anyway, you have your opinion on Smith and I have mine, so let's just leave it at that...


In Topic: Are the wings underrated?

Today, 08:18 AM

Mantha is not going to be healthy by opening night and he will start his season in Grand Rapids when he does get healthy. Although Nestrasil has improved, probably more than any player in our system over the past year and a half, he still isn't NHL ready, and certainly not for second line duties. Jurco will more than likely start the season in Grand Rapids unless we have another couple guys go do with injury (which I know, you are expecting)...

 

It's also very unlikely any of our defense prospects make the team on opening night, let alone 3 or 4 of them, although I do expect one of them to make the team by November. More than likely Ouellet although he is probably ranked 3rd in my mind in regards to potential, he probably is the most NHL ready right now. There's also no chance Mrazek gets the nod as the starter ahead of Howard at this point, maybe in 2-3 years but not any time soon.

 

It's bad enough that you would hand all these kids jobs but you would be getting rid of some really good players in the process. I know you hate the guy but you can't actually believe that Nestrasil is a better option on the second line than Franzen... Although Helm has been extremely injury prone over the past couple seasons, I think he will have a relatively healthy season this year and we all know when he is healthy, he is a great bottom 6 forward. Ericsson is our best shutdown defenseman and you want to get rid of him and hand a job over to an unproven kid? Unbelievable...


In Topic: Are the wings underrated?

Today, 06:46 AM

I don't get what some people expect from Smith but he's progressing quite well in my opinion. You have to understand that he is still very young for a defenseman in the NHL especially on the Red Wings. Most defensemen don't hit their prime until the age of 27-28 in this league, Smith is just 25 years old. It is a very difficult position to adapt to at the highest level.

 

Let's just compare him to a somewhat similar type player that is currently in the Red Wings organization. although Niklas Kronwall is more of a two-way defenseman he was always known to be a power-play quarterback that can put up points. He was also a late first round draft pick. Both players were 22 years old when they got their first taste with the Red Wings. Kronwall played 20 games and put up 5 (1-4) points, Smith played 14 games and put up 7 (1-6) points. The following year was a lockout year for Kronwall, Smith regressed a little that year, playing 34 games and putting up just 8 (0-8) points. The following year at the age of 24 Kronwall played in 27 games, putting up 9 (1-8) points, while at the same age (last season) Smith played in 71 games and put up 19 (5-14) points. At the age of 25 Kronwall played 68 games and put up 22 (1-21) points, and I expect Smith to put up better numbers than that this season. I don't think 30 points is at all out of reach for him this season, while also playing much better defense, as long as himself along with the rest of the team stay relatively healthy.

 

Also, speaking of Smith's defensive game, I think it has grown a ton in the past 6-8 months. I'll also compare him to another fellow Red Wing that everyone loved to hate just a few short seasons ago. Jonathan Ericsson was a turnover machine and was a disaster in his own end. Now look at him, he is probably our best shutdown defenseman. Why is so hard to believe that Smith will shore up his defensive game, even more than he already has over the past year? I think he will.

 

I doubt anyone ever would have thought Kronwall would have been our number one defenseman and that he would have been as solid at both ends of the ice as he is. Or even that Ericsson would be a capable number 2-3 shutdown defenseman. If you don't think the same thing can happen with Smith in his development, that happened to our current number one and number two, I don't know what to tell you. If you don't see the growth and potential in Smith I don't know what else to say, but it is definitely there and only time will tell. I would be surprised if he doesn't grow into a number 2-3 two-way defenseman in the next couple seasons. Like I said, only time will tell...