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krsmith17

Member Since 12 Jun 2011
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In Topic: Dylan Larkin

25 March 2015 - 10:19 AM

We have a proven track record in slowly developing our prospects. Mantha was no different, nor should Larkin be any different. He will be a stud, but he definitely needs more time developing his game before he's ready for the NHL. There is no need to rush him.


In Topic: Lines Thread

23 March 2015 - 11:28 AM

Yeah, Buppy that was a poor choice of wording. Our depth at defense is fine, we're lacking quality on the back end, definitely not quantity. Although I do disagree with us having the same problem at forward soon... I think we are loaded with both quality and quantity up front for years to come. Defense is by far our biggest weakness, and what needs work in my opinion.


In Topic: Lines Thread

23 March 2015 - 07:35 AM

If anything we should be looking to package a couple forwards for a defenseman, not a defenseman for a forward (especially one that will be 36 going into next season). Our forward depth is unbelievable, and our defensive depth is lacking.


In Topic: 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

20 March 2015 - 11:16 AM

Lol this wasn't meant to be another huge Smith debate because I'm sure everyone else is just as sick of them as me and Kip, I was just making one snarky comment... ;)


In Topic: 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

20 March 2015 - 11:04 AM

Sigh...

 

Okay so if someone said DeKeyser has been our best defenseman lately you would spend your time going through footage of the past 5 games pointing out every turnover would you? You would point out that awful coverage in last game, when he allowed a weak pass from the other end of the ice get past him to a wide open Boyes for a clear cut breakaway... No, you only go through such lengths to prove Smith's blunders...

 

The point is, a lot of people on here (you especially) are undeservedly extra critical of Smith's play. He has cut down on his turnovers, he does sometimes try to make the cute play instead of keeping things simple, but he has been improving leaps and bounds since the beginning of last season. His game has never been about defense but he has improved in that area immensely, all while providing a spark offensively. He will continue to get better, and I believe he will grow into a legit top 4 defenseman. Time will tell...


zombo, I am very laid back, I just hate the constant nit-picking over Smith's game, when he has been playing very good hockey of late. I love DeKeyser and I do think he is a better defenseman but he hasn't been sharp at all lately and you never hear anything about it, other than the subtle comment in GDT's.