He talks about how he became a tough guy, the code and that sometimes emotions are getting the best of him even against some of his best buddies like King Henrik and Stepan.
At the end Prust gives a nice incite on what goes on the day before a fight.. He doesn't sleep much, still fears the opponent and when the day comes he prefers his fights early to get it out of the way. The best part is probably him talking about rats and what he thinks of guys that are going after skilled and smaller players.
Posted by krsmith17
on 01 February 2015 - 09:21 AM
Don't worry about it matt198913, the same people are going to continue to ***** about Smith, because he was a first round pick that hasn't matured quite as fast as we all thought he would. Never mind that he has taken huge strides within the last year. We should just be thankful that Holland isn't as short sighted as some fans, and Smith isn't going anywhere (unless it's in a package for a significant upgrade)... I don't expect him to ever become a top pairing defenseman, but he still has the potential (hell, I think he is right now) a very solid 2nd pairing guy, that should get more power-play time...
Another great game by Smitty and a great shot from his right side.
I really hope Holland can insert a couple righties into the lineup over the next 6 months, whether it be through trade (without Smith going the other way... and obviously Kronwall and DeKeyser aren't going anywhere), or free agency (Franson), or promotion from Grand Rapids...
Posted by krsmith17
on 06 December 2014 - 08:23 AM
I watched the game last night and to be honest Mantha wasn't near as dominant as he was in the first few games I watched. He still had a few chances but not a great game overall for him. It's just taking him a little while to adjust like it does almost every player making the jump from junior to pro. Pulkkinen is by far the most ready top 6 forward down there right now and he should get the call before Mantha for sure. He has been playing unbelievable hockey down there for over a year now and seems to be getting better every single game. Athanasiou is also playing great right now, the kid spews confidence, and the things he can do out there really make you take notice. I've heard Bob Kaser say numerous times, the same thing Ken and Mick say about Datsyuk, "he is worth the price of admission every night". He has Helm type speed, with much much better hands. I'm as high on Andreas as any prospect on our system.
Posted by rick zombo
on 28 November 2014 - 11:31 AM
Zombo, he scored in his one game that he has played in that role so far, that doesn't necessarily mean he will be "scoring". Our forth line, like any forth line, is expected to grind down the other team, be hard on the forecheck and just keep the puck out of our net. How much scoring is Jurco realistically going to do on a line with Glendening and Miller? Regardless, I don't see Babcock keeping him down there much longer, and for good reason. It's not his game, he should not be put in that role... Also, I absolutely think he needs more time in the minors, but I seem to be alone in thinking that, aside from one or two others on here...
Joe, he absolutely gets ice time playing on the forth line but how much success can he be expected to have playing with Glendening and Miller?
But you'd have to be crazy to think that a Jurco 4th won't score way more than an Andersson 4th. Right?
I agree with joeseffP. Jurco needs to get back to skating and banging, two things he excelled at last year. Keeping him on the 4th line with two hardworking grinders is an interseing way to do this. Let him not worry about scoring and get him physicaly engaged. I bet it does wonders for his hands and his overall confidence.
I know you want him playing big minutes in GRs but, IMO, this team needs Jurco in the line-up now, whether it's on the first line of the 4th. Not in GRs.
Jensen should most definitely make the opening roster over kindl. If "tie goes to the best player" that should be a no brainer. Kindl just gets worse and worse and Jensen has been one of our best dmen thus far. He has the puck moving ability, sound defense, and RH point shot we need so desperately. I see Callahan's sandpaper replacing Andersson and Jensen replacing Kindl. Atleast i hope so...
Posted by Euro_Twins
on 18 September 2014 - 11:11 AM
Except everyone except Quincey played better when paired with smith(including kronwall).
So it's not just a one way thing they both elevated eachother and more reason to keep them as the number one pairing!!!!!!
Everyone says Smith played better because of kronwall, I'm not going to argue with that, but my question is who played better and elevated their game more with kronwall, I thought that Smith-kronwall was our best d pairing all year.
The Quincey/Smith pairing has never worked and Babs just keeps reverting back to it if that is the case again. Smith needs someone that allows him to jump into plays and be more active offensively. He played his best hockey by far with Kronwall as his partner last season. I don't care so much if the Wings leave Kronwall and E together, but at least play Smith with DeKeyser.
Quincey on the third pairing with whichever other mistake is necessary or ideally Marchenko/Ouellet instead.
It's pretty hilarious that Kovalev of all people would call out a player. Especially the part about scoring 5 goals but allowing 5 goals. Maybe check your career +/- there Alex. The guy embodied the lazy Russian stereotype when he played.
I guess he's not been getting enough attention lately?