Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 2/4/13
Photo Credit: John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images Coach Barry Trotz knew that he was stuck with Craig Smith, a young kid from Madison, and he had to make it work. The timing was ripe for something good to happen for Smith. A player with his skill set isn’t best served playing on a line with grinders and brawlers, but that’s the reality of Nashville hockey at times. I’m not saying there’s a wealth of forward depth, I’m saying there’s quite a few players who play the game at about the same talent level. Is Craig Smith leaps and bounds better than Matt Halischuk at the moment? No. Upside? Yes. But at the given moment, Halischuk is more proven and better adjusted to the NHL game. Nevertheless, he’s not a top six forward yet either. With Martin Erat and Patric Hornqvist out, Smith is about the best replacement the Predators have in the oh-so-rare top six forward department. In Los Angeles, Smith was given the chance to go second in the shootout, which is the linchpin of the order. He cam...
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