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In Topic: All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Yesterday, 02:40 PM

Pulkkinen, Mantha, Sproul, Ouellet, Jensen, Athanasiou and maybe some others probably all come up to see the playoffs and watch first hand how it's done. Just my guess though.

In Topic: ECQF Game 4 GDT : Lightning 3 at Red Wings 2 (OT) - Series Tied 2-2

23 April 2015 - 08:49 AM

People said last game that whoever won that game will win the series, now this game too. I'm going out on a limb here and going to say whoever wins their 4th game of the series will win the series. We're up 2-1, it's far from over. Lots of work left to be done. Let's take a step tonight.

In Topic: Game Two - Honest Discussion

17 April 2015 - 11:49 AM

Ha. I told you it was crazy. It's just a thought.
 
I don't know. Maybe the Kindl thing is a bit off. I'll be the first to say I wanted Marchenko in and the first to say he looked iffy at best.
 
Tatar or Nyquist need to be taught accountability. In my opinion. 


Ahh yes. Because benching our 2 leading goal scorers after one game of the playoffs for not scoring makes a ton of sense. Also, they didn't play a lot on the third because we were short handed for most of it.

In Topic: Brendan Smith

14 April 2015 - 10:13 AM

Who's getting cocky? That would be you along with every other Smith hater on here... I'm sure you're thrilled that Smith is faltering right now. Yeah, Smith has been scratched over a rookie, but don't kid yourself, it's not a permanent replacement after ONE game... He hasn't played as badly as LGW wants to believe he has, and Babcock is just sending a message. Like I've stated several times now, I don't mind the decision, but I'm sure he will be back in in this first round series.. Add that to my quotes that you have saved...

 

So if Smith loses his job to a rookie, then said rookie (who is actually young, with 14 games played in the NHL) falters and loses the job, it somehow makes Smith better? That's not even logical. Also, coaches don't sit people to send messages going into the playoffs. Coaches sit people to send messages in the middle of the season. Babcock isn't sending a message. He's playing Marchenko over Smith because Marchenko gives us a better chance to win than Smith does.


In Topic: Brendan Smith

14 April 2015 - 09:52 AM

Well said RedWingsReign. Finally someone with a level head on the Smith situation. I haven't wanted to comment in here because the hate the kid is getting is beyond ridiculous and everyone knows how I feel about Smith. But I will say one thing, Smith has had a decent season with quite a few miscues along the way. He is still learning to play solid defense at the NHL level and I'm sure it will come. He's made mistakes over the past few weeks (since the slide) but so have every other defenseman on the team. It's just that Smith's f*** ups get much more focus because, well he's the new LGW whipping boy... The play while he was sitting on the bench, sure it was stupid, but it was a split second decision (obviously the wrong one) that could have happened to anyone. But alas it didn't, it was our whipping boy, so let's make a thread about how stupid / brain dead he is... and how he will never amount to anything... and how we should trade him for anything to any team that is willing to take this sieve...  :rolleyes:

 

In saying all that, I don't hate the decision to scratch him last game, and I don't think it would be the worst decision to scratch him for game one against Tampa to get his head on straight. And although I don't think that is confirmed yet, I do think it's likely that he will be the odd man out next game. But make no mistake, we will see Smith in at some point this series, and he will be ready to go.

 

Here's the thing. For your first point, it couldn't have and hasn't happened to anyone. Zetterberg has never reached out into the play while on the bench to play the puck. Kronwall, DK, Cleary, Tatar, Andersson, or anyone else either for that matter. It wasn't a split second decision that could have happened to anyone because every other NHL player I've ever seen isn't stupid enough to think "Oh, I'm on the bench. Oh look a flying puck! I should try to grab it." It's a play a 6 year old makes. It's the equivalent of a defensive football player running off the sidelines midplay to make a tackle and thinking he'll get away with it. There's no words to describe it. It wouldn't happen to anyone else because other hockey players have the ability to think and follow the rules. And yes, the thread was made about Smith because it's not the first time he's done something utterly asinine. It's becoming a repetitive problem and it's no longer excusable.

 

For your second two points that I bolded, I have actually been saying these things since I watched him play in GR several years ago. I gave him a small benefit of the doubt but he made 6 or 7 terrible reads and two of them ended up in the back of his net. I watched him a couple more times after that and that's been my position ever since. His play at the NHL level has only confirmed it.

 

Also I'll say this. The ability to think the game is the most important ability a prospect can have. It's not so much about physical ability or talent because those can be taught and developed. It's about ability to make the right read and react and have it be instinctive and fast. It's why Ericsson never developed into a top 2 dman despite his physical stature. It's why Ouellet will be better than Sproul. It's why DeKeyser is better than Smith. Given their physical attributes it's no doubt that Smith should be the stronger, faster, more athletic player than DeKeyser, Ouellet or Marchenko but Dekeyser and Ouellet and probably Marchenko will all be better because they have the mental side of the game that can't be taught. Smith doesn't have it. He never has and he probably never will. "A good player plays where the puck is, a great player plays where the puck is going to be." Smith usually plays where the puck was, because he probably just turned it over.