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#20 Bryan Smolinski 2007-08


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Yeah smokes is a BIG upgrade from bonk for sure.. hes good on the faceoffs.. good playmaker.... better skater then bonk.. and can score more :D !

and he can walk a few feet without getting nailed in the face with a puck.

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Guest kjdriedger

Bonks was underrated but over paid, while I think the opposite is true of Smolinski - to me he is just an insurance policy and allows a few minor leaugers more time to develop.

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I was a fan of Bonk while he was here, and although I was disappointed he wasn't re-signed, we couldn't have picked a more appropriate player to fill his position, in my opinion.

Smolinski always has and will be a workhorse, and I look forward to seeing what he can do at both ends of the ice this season.

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I haven't really gotten a chance to form an opinion on this guy, but I'm excited he's here, he's an upgrade from Bonk and if Bonk was that effective for us last season, I'm really excited to see this guy lace up in the regular season.

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Guest fansince1975

Welcome to the team.

I think that defensively very similar to Bonk. Offensively much better then Bonk. Face-offs are also better then Bonk. Looking forward to watching Crosby and others have their time and space limited by Smolinski.

Hopefully some of the other players will learn how to play a great two way game.

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Guest stevesaku
Hopefully he plays on the 3rd line against the leafs or we will get eaten by Blake and Sundin. :angry:

i fear that as well. i cant take a loss to the leafs. no way

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Guest fansince1975

Good defensive game. Not sure if it was the lines or the high number of penalties but didn't notice Smoke a lot in the game. But when I did see him he was very good defensively.

I would like to see Smoke, Pleks, and Chips as a line. This would be in my opinion a great two way line capable at shutdown the top forwards (Crosby, Heatley) and enough offensive ability to get 20+ goals each. Chips would learn a lot from Smoke. Plus the team would win a lot of face-offs with three centers to pick from.

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Guest Habanero

I don't know anything about smokes!? But I like the sound of him. Hate to be a hater, but he looked a little slow against Carolina? Or am I way-off?

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Guest jeff33

i think bonk is a better defensive player, but smoke has the much greater offensive upside. thats a fair tradeoff, but i can tell you this hes not getting 50 pts playing on the 4th line. i think he needs a bigger role on the team or its a waste. it is only 2 games in though im sure he will get shuffled around. i hope

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Guest nathanislast

I don't know if anyone else noticed this last night or mentioned if it is on the board yet. But I was VERY impressed when Smokes picked up Fleury's helmet when it was knocked off and handed it to him. He didn't even think about it. Before the whistle blew he had his glove off and bending over to pik up the helmet. That kind of behaviour might not mean a lot to the game of hockey but it sure says a lot about Smokes' personality. If one respects others then others will respect you. What a guy!

I couldn't get over that and I just had to share it. Did anyone else notice that?

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I noticed it aswell, but so far i'm really liking smolinski, he is constantly winning important faceoffs, and making great plays when he has the puck and when he doesn't. I mean that dive to stop the cross ice pass on the PP for PIT was dynamite, the wrap around pass to Higgins in the final few minutes of the game when they had him out there with Higgins and Koivu was awesome, Fleury made a dandy save, but on 50% of the other goalies that would probably be a goal.

He is also very disciplined, he barely takes penalties let alone costly ones. What an excellent investment, i'd have no problem keeping Smolinski here past this year as a permanent fixture on our 3rd line who could easily fill in on the top 6 if injury occurs. He brings also brings other intangibles like leadership and experience, he could be a great mentor in the future for guys like Chipchura, Lapierre and Milroy, who are all destined for 3rd or 4th line duty in the NHL.

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