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#2446474 Brendan Smith

Posted by Echolalia on 20 October 2013 - 11:57 AM

Because he's been in the Wings' system for several years, and has been playing in some capacity with the actual Detroit Red Wings team since 2011, its easy to forget that as of today, October 20, 2013, Smith has only 53 games of NHL experience under his belt (67 if you want to include playoffs).  That isn't a whole lot of experience in the NHL, especially when its spread out over a call-up a few years back, a lock-out shortened season last year, and the first handful of game of this season.  Ericsson was even more frustrating when he was starting his career off.  In fact, he was the LGW whipping boy up until last year when things finally clicked for him.  Kindl has been repeatedly thrown under the bus up until late last year as well, and he's been playing for the Wings either through call-ups or on a permanent roster spot since the 2009-2010 season.  If 75-95% of LGW had their way, both of these players would have been shipped out years ago for a bag of pucks.  Thankfully Holland held onto them and gave them time to properly develop and learn the details of the game.  They are both crucial components of our D-core today. 

Defensemen generally take a few years to develop, and unlike Ericsson and Kindl, Smith doesn't have the benefit of having Lidstrom, Rafalski, and Stuart nearby to clean up his mistakes and console him.  In fact, aside from Kronwall, our entire defense is pretty darn young.  Smith needs time to mature and figure out how to incorporate his strengths into this game without being a liability.  That is going to take more than 67 games in the NHL.  In fact, based on the general trajectory of defensive development and the environment that Smith is in, don't count on it clicking for him for at least another year.  For some of you who love complaining this should come as great news.  But when it does finally click for Smith, I think he has the potential to be a top 3 offensive defensman and power-play specialist ala Rafalski.

And just a side note; Smith was a first round draft pick, which by Red Wings' standards is quite rare and valuable.  With the league as competitive as it is, and with a salary-cap firmly in place, it would behoove any team to do whatever they can and be as patient as possible to see that first round pick develop into their full potential; not to trade them away at the first sign of adversity.  Fortunately it seems like the WIngs' front office is well aware of this.

PS in the 67 games that Smith has played in, he's amassed 20 points and is -6.  Those are not bad numbers.

#2445916 10/18 Griffins GDT (Banner Raising & #43's return)

Posted by Echolalia on 18 October 2013 - 05:53 PM

I'm interested in hearing how this one turns out.  If someone is watching the game or going to it, it would be cool to get a recap of how Helm looks, as well as the Wings' prospects playing in GR.

#2445729 stephen weiss

Posted by Echolalia on 17 October 2013 - 11:38 PM

Tonight was not a good night for him, but I think much of the rest of this season has been better than what most on this forum will tell you (in fact, up until maybe two games ago, I thought he consistently played better than Alfredson).  He has a good skill set and he is versatile.  He just needs to get a little more comfortable in the Winged Wheel and develop some chemistry with a couple of guys.

#2445001 Any new Helm Updates?

Posted by Echolalia on 16 October 2013 - 02:14 PM


Please, do not! I'm being selfish and i'm upset even more now. Me and the lady normally do the home-openers in GR but this year... after we bought the tickets... it had dawned on us that she had a show that night and we couldn't make it. Now not only am I not going to see that beautiful banner being raised... IM GOING TO MISS HELMERS FIRST GAME WITH THEM. The stuff you do for significant others!


Dude.  She'll be at a show... she'll never know. 

#2444782 10/15 GDT : Blue Jackets 1 at Red Wings 2

Posted by Echolalia on 15 October 2013 - 07:53 PM

The news about Helm made my night. I hope it works out for him!

#2444558 Favorite Red Wings Memes Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 14 October 2013 - 07:00 PM

This thread is delivering

#2444077 Favorite Red Wings Memes Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 13 October 2013 - 11:37 PM

this thread needs more Hudler

#2444000 Fight ends with on-ice seizure

Posted by Echolalia on 13 October 2013 - 03:58 PM

What an unfortunate event.  I hope the kid doesn't suffer from any long-lasting effects.

#2442906 10/9 - Chicago vs Saint Louis

Posted by Echolalia on 09 October 2013 - 08:30 PM

Not watching the game, but in other NHL news this evening...

@DarrenDreger: Living with the Hudler's seems to agree with Sean Monahan. His 3rd of the season. Flames lead 1-0.

"Living With the Hudlers" sounds like a horrible sitcom that would result in me needing brain bleach.


Someone with photoshop skills needs to photoshop Hudler's laughing face onto everyone in a Modern Family pic.

#2442558 Steve Yzerman wants Game Misconduct penalties for fighting

Posted by Echolalia on 07 October 2013 - 03:39 PM


Oh, knock it off with the useless hyperbole, would you?  If fighting ever disappeared from the game entirely, hockey would not look like figure skating, not even close.  The only thing the two activities have in common is they take place on skates.  That's it.


Fighting has been practically extinct from the Wings' game for years.  I wonder how many people on these forums find watching them similar to figure skating.

#2442467 HBO 24/7

Posted by Echolalia on 06 October 2013 - 09:14 PM

Thanks. I remember hearing something about November!

I hope some amazing person that has access to HBO makes the eps available for those of us who don't...


Between this and Game of Thrones, I'd say its worth the extra cost on the cable bill

#2441971 10/4 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Hurricanes 2 (OT)

Posted by Echolalia on 04 October 2013 - 08:57 PM

Wow. I feel kind of dirty after we got those two points. What an ugly win.

#2441550 ESPN Poll of Anonymous Players

Posted by Echolalia on 04 October 2013 - 12:25 PM

Nik Kronwall you goon

#2440626 Oilers Name Six Alternate Captains

Posted by Echolalia on 02 October 2013 - 04:50 PM

It's almost embarrassing if you're not named an alternate...

#2440605 Steve Yzerman wants Game Misconduct penalties for fighting

Posted by Echolalia on 02 October 2013 - 04:00 PM

I'm with him, and I can accept that 95% of fans (or more) think that view is blasphemy and fighting is an essential part of the game. I disagree. I think the vast majority of fights in today's league do nothing to influence the game one way or another, have little/no motive behind them, and are entirely unnecessary. In short I think its a waste of time. Granted, there are fights that mean something; the battles the Wings had against the Avs meant something, and if the bad blood is there in high enough concentrations, I don't think even a game misconduct will prevent two players or teams from fighting. I do think game misconducts will remove the fluff from the ice, and likely remove goons who can't actually play hockey from the game as well, and I am for that. I realize this is a radical view and one that is drastically different from the philosophy that this league developed within over the past 50 years. I just think it is loony to place an event in a game that contributes very little to the overall team goal and has very little actual value over the well-being of an individual.
Sorry LGW for letting you down :(