Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 9/13/12
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images With the possibility of the NHL and NHLPA coming together to start up hockey soon (sure..it may be a long shot this early) the Predatorial wants to take a look at some Predators who might exceed expectations this season and who will go the way of Milwaukee or worse. In the boom category of forwards, no one has more pressure or more potential to excel in the upcoming season than Craig Smith. Having altogether bypassed the usual requirement of going through Milwaukee in his rookie campaign, Craig Smith had a solid outing with the Predators posting 14 goals and 22 assists. The longer season with games every other night took its toll on Smith and his numbers dropped towards the end of the season, namely after his unfortunate missed open-net against Toronto. He will need to work more on his defensive skills, but his speed and willingness to take shots on goal will serve him well into the 2012-2013 season. The possibility of work stoppage only co...
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