I disagree that he's been better this season. He's taken a bit of a step backwards. Kindl is coming up on 27 years old on his 4th season in the NHL yet is plagued with the same issues he had in the minors. He's not terrible but as a 1st round pick at 19th overall, he's a disappointment to say the least.
He's a serviceable d-man who has never realized his potential. There's the off chance a change of scenery will allow him to take that step forward.
If the Wings got rid of Smith but kept Kindl (unless Smith was part of a package for a major star) then they front office has definitely gone off the rails.
Well, that depends on how you look at it. Let's look at some other #19 overall picks in comparison to Kindl....
2010 - Nick Bjugstad - 32 GP, 4 G, 7 A
2009 - Chris Kreider - 44 GP, 8 G, 11 A
2008 - Luca Sbisa - 245 GP, 8 G, 43 A
2007 - Logan McMillan - 0 GP, 0 G, 0 A
2006 - Mark Mitera - 0 GP, 0 G, 0 A
2005 - Jakub Kindl - 175 GP, 8 G, 32 A
2004 - Lauri Korpikoski - 354 GP, 57 G, 63 A
2003 - Ryan Getzlaf - 582 GP, 165 G, 387 A
2002 - Jakub Kories - 0 GP, 0 G, 0 A
2001 - Shaone Morrisonn - 480 GP, 11 G, 64 A
2000 - Krys Kolanos - 149 GP, 20 G, 22 A
1999 - Kirill Safronov - 35 GP, 2 G, 2 A
I know he's the highest Red Wings draft pick since Martin Lapointe in 1991 or whatever, so he seems like a really high draft pick that totally hasn't met expectations since he took a while to develop and doesn't light the world on fire. But, when viewed with a wider gaze, he isn't Getzlaf (obviously), but neither does he seem to be "a disappointment to say the least" "as a 1st round pick 19th overall."
That's just my opinion, though.
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