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By Mitch Cole (@DirtyWaterBuzz)
In the midst of the preseason, young newcomer Reilly Smith is quickly emerging as the favorite to win the third line vacancy left by the departure of Rich Peverley.
Smith, acquired by the Bruins in the trade that sent Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Dallas, has been making quite the impression on both Bruins management, and the coaching staff.
“He’s the experienced guy of the group”, head coach Claude Julien said of Smith.
“I think he’s got some grit to his game; he’s got some jam”, Julien said. “He made a couple of good plays yesterday. You get those guys like (Reilly) Smith and (Chris) Kelly. I thought Kelly was really good yesterday as far as I watched him play.; he played a real solid game. And with Smith on that line it made a real good combination of two guys there that seemed to have some jam and were able to make things happen at both ends. Reilly is a solid player, he played most of the year last year in Dallas. He’s ...