How good is Brendan Smith?

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  1. Nightmare on Helm St

    Nightmare on Helm St Registered User

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    If you've seen him play consistantly, what is this guy's upside? If you can compare him to a player in the NHL, please do...

    He plays alot like Subban from the few times i've seen him.
     
  2. With a name like Brenden Smith, he is destined to be an average player.
     
  3. Anchor Town*

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    huh?
     
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    Detroit drafted him, so he's destined to be a Stanley cup winner at one point. Though, he'll probably not make his first appearence in the NHL until his late 20:s:D
     
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    Smith is a very common name.
     
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    His upside right now is probably 1st or 2nd pair defenseman, a powerplay quarterback with a great shot. He can make good outlet passes, but he's still refining his defensive game just a bit.

    If I had to make a comparison, I would say a more raw version of Scott Niedermayer with less impressive skating and a more impressive slapshot.
     
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    Niedermayer? Smith's looking good, certainly, but let's quell the hof speculation.
     
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    If he keeps developing, I see him as a more sound Bryan McCabe - very good shot and potent on the PP point.
     
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    Jesus christ. :shakehead

    The guy doesn't say he'll be as good as Neidermayer, he says they are similar players.
     
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    If i'm being safe, he's a bit tougher version of Adrian Aucoin, If i'm projecting a little bit, I think Rob Blake is a much better comparison. Maybe he ends up a poor man's Rob Blake, but he certainly has the edge, the shot, and the vision to pull of a poor man's Rob Blake. Of course you could probably say the same for Subban. Blake and Smith both came from strong NCAA careers, should be interesting to see how quickly Smith develops.
     
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    Ive watched him quite a bit and honestly look no further than Nik Kronwall. They are so similar its scary.

    Both big shooters who play good offensive hockey but arent amazing in their own end. Smith is known for throwing big hits as well.

    Smith is a bit meaner infront of the net and dirtier with his stick and is also going to be a pretty good fighter.

    So I basically see him as a Kronwall who fights and will hack you infront of the net
     
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    Sounds like he'll be a real fan favorite, eh?
     
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    Definitely. He has a mean streak and swagger about him that the wings lack right now. If Kronwall could fight well he would be absolutely worshipped in Detroit to go along with his solid offense and huge hits.

    Smith brings some size to the back end as well which has been lacked.
     
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    my names is Brendan Smith. There were 3 of us in my graduating class alone and about 6 in the whole school lol. Whenever is see this thread i cant help but for a split second say "what???" then i realize oh yea im not a top ranked prospect, just an HF nerd who rarely plays shinny anymore haha
     
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    You'll always be my favorite prospect.
     
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    his point totals don't indicate his play so much either. He was putting up really impressive numbers and then spent some time out and likely came back too early.

    plus... Grand Rapids is a terrible team. 50 pts is a productive season in GR.
     
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    Learn to read. He said he looks like Niedermayer. No where did he say his career would mirror, plus he gave some downsides to Smith's game that are Not like SN. :shakehead
     
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    Not even close.
     
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    Ive heard alot of comparisons to Brent Burns?
     
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    I have to say: every time I see him play, I am pleasanly surprised by the ferocity that he hits with. I knew he was a decent sized great skater but never knew that he was so aggressive.

    My feeling is that his size, skating, shooting and passing are all pretty good but his defensive awareness is only average; coaching can sometimes alleviate some of that though.
     
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    My name is Xavier Ouellette. Hahah its sweet seeing my name in prospect talks
     
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    The kid sure does have a nasty-ness to his game. That's good to see.
     
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    I resent this statement;)

    In all seriousness from the clips I have seen of him he looks legit, maybe a top4 guy
     
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    Sure knows how to use his elbows..Otherwise, looked fairly good last nite..
     

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