Smith is 25 and has played over 150 games. He's not exactly inexperienced. And he was a first rounder, so he doesn't exactly get the kind of leeway that Ericsson did either. He had proper development in the AHL (perhaps even overripened) too. By all accounts, for a first rounder with his pedigree (Hoby Baker finalist, 1st round pick, AHL stud), he's developing at a snail's pace.
At what point do we say Smith is garbage? Seriously, how old and how many games before we stop using the "he's inexperienced" excuse for his f*** ups and lack of production?
You're right, he isn't inexperienced but he is also not in his prime yet. As Dickie pointed out defensive players need more time to get good. Give him 2 years or so more and then we will see how far his talent will carry him. And even if he's stuck at this level and won't improve I wouldn't call him garbage. He's now a more or less steady #4-#6 D-Man, not exceptionally good, but also not exceptionally bad. A better version of Lashoff so to speak. Thats not what the Wings are expecting him to be but it's far from being garbage.
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