After being traded from the Edmonton Oilers during the 2006-07 season and spending the last two years with the Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Smyth wanted to return to his native Alberta.
The Oilers couldn't be happier with the leadership and scoring boost the veteran forward has provided their young lineup this season.
The team he just left could use some of that production.
Smyth tries to help the Oilers win six straight for the first time in over nine years when he faces his former Kings teammates for the first time Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Drafted sixth overall by Edmonton in 1994, Smyth was with the organization until a surprising 2007 deal sent him to the New York Islanders. He played the rest of that season on Long Island before spending two years with Colorado and 2009-11 with Los Angeles.
Smyth had 100 points during his stint with the Kings - he was their top scorer from the left wing last season with 23 goals and 47 points - but he requested a trade to return to Ed...