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Some here may recall that I lobbied strongly prior to the TD for making a deal with the Avs that brought us back G Jeremy Smith. Well, we've got him.

 

Smith could be accurately called Michael Leighton's heir apparent in the AHL, and it looks like he will become Leighton's replacement in CLT.

 

Season Team GP GS W L T OT SA GA GAA S Sv% SO MIN
2009-2010 Milwaukee Admirals 1 -- 0 0 0 -- 1 0 0 1 1.000 0 5
2010-2011 Milwaukee Admirals 28 -- 16 8 2 -- 668 57 2.26 725 .921 2 1,513
2011-2012 Milwaukee Admirals 56 -- 31 19 2 -- 1,525 119 2.17 1,406 .922 5 3,284
2012-2013 Milwaukee Admirals 43 -- 19 19 3 -- 1,220 114 2.77 1,106 .907 1 2,471
2013-2014 Springfield Falcons 38 -- 21 14 3 -- 990 101 2.78 889 .898 1 2,179
2014-2015 Providence Bruins 39 -- 22 11 5 -- 1,156 78 2.05 1,078 .933 3 2,278
2015-2016 Iowa Wild 23 -- 5 14 3 -- 728 65 2.94 663 .911 0 1,326
2015-2016 Providence Bruins 20 -- 13 5 1 -- 573 38 2.02 535 .934 1 1,129

 

Smith played most of his junior hockey with the Plymouth Whalers, for one Mike Vellucci--so this is something of a homecoming. His total AHL line: 132-98-24 with a 2.43 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.

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This is a great idea for a thread Top!

 

Just about every prospect not picked in the first two rounds is well under the radar. Good place to put stuff that pops up about them. Fair warning though, following obscure prospects is a niche market!

 

 

I see Smith has no NHL games listed. Has he ever seen NHL duty? Would he be the first call if we had a double goalie loss? Seems like we will need someone for that at this point.

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4 minutes ago, remkin said:

I see Smith has no NHL games listed. Has he ever seen NHL duty? Would he be the first call if we had a double goalie loss? Seems like we will need someone for that at this point.

He got his first call-up last year for the Avs when Varly was LTIR for the rest of the year, backing up Pickard, I believe. He only won one game in 10 appearances and his numbers weren't great, but as already discussed, by that time CO was going through the motions. Not to mention the fact that its D makes Swiss cheese look draft-able.

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7 hours ago, top-shelf-1 said:

Some here may recall that I lobbied strongly prior to the TD for making a deal with the Avs that brought us back G Jeremy Smith. Well, we've got him.

 

Smith could be accurately called Michael Leighton's heir apparent in the AHL, and it looks like he will become Leighton's replacement in CLT.

 

Season Team GP GS W L T OT SA GA GAA S Sv% SO MIN
2009-2010 Milwaukee Admirals 1 -- 0 0 0 -- 1 0 0 1 1.000 0 5
2010-2011 Milwaukee Admirals 28 -- 16 8 2 -- 668 57 2.26 725 .921 2 1,513
2011-2012 Milwaukee Admirals 56 -- 31 19 2 -- 1,525 119 2.17 1,406 .922 5 3,284
2012-2013 Milwaukee Admirals 43 -- 19 19 3 -- 1,220 114 2.77 1,106 .907 1 2,471
2013-2014 Springfield Falcons 38 -- 21 14 3 -- 990 101 2.78 889 .898 1 2,179
2014-2015 Providence Bruins 39 -- 22 11 5 -- 1,156 78 2.05 1,078 .933 3 2,278
2015-2016 Iowa Wild 23 -- 5 14 3 -- 728 65 2.94 663 .911 0 1,326
2015-2016 Providence Bruins 20 -- 13 5 1 -- 573 38 2.02 535 .934 1 1,129

 

Smith played most of his junior hockey with the Plymouth Whalers, for one Mike Vellucci--so this is something of a homecoming. His total AHL line: 132-98-24 with a 2.43 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.

 

Good call.  Hope we don't need him.

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Just a minor point here too about why Minnesota might have picked up Ryan Murphy.

 

Look at Smith's numbers with the Iowa Wild, compared to this numbers on either side of that stint, with Providence (I'm assuming the Bruins loaned him to Iowa that year). Then ask yourself which org is deeper with D. Talk about night and day.

 

Bottom line: Smith in CLT should be a pretty good barometer for helping gauge our D prospects' development and NHL readiness.

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I may be alone on this thought but I think a guy under the radar but a key piece in the puzzle is Joakim Nordstrom. I liked his play at the end of the season as he was playing a more physical game, he was shooting more and had good play along the boards. I think this is a key year for Nordstrom and I believe he can produce more scoring. Let's see how he gets out of the gate this year. Kruger the Luger may be a big help in Joakim getting more scoring chances. 

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While I think this is more for guys in the system, Nordstrom is a bit under the radar, mainly because he has not been a huge scoring threat. But he is an extremely high IQ NHL player who does a lot of things right. He was called out by name in the World Tourney by one analyst as Sweden's best player in his role. It's a good point.

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The other addition is undrafted forward Nick Schilkey. The 23-year-old participated in Carolina’s Development Camp last week as an invite after a standout senior season at Ohio State that saw him rank third in the nation in scoring.

 

As someone who at least tries to follow our prospects, it is really hard to keep up this time of year. Not only all of our later round picks, but guys like Schilkey. Similar to the idea of Poturalski, an undersized, undrafted college player who had a great career putting up points in college (#3 in the nation is pretty good).

 

These guys usually don't find that level of success at the NHL level, but sometimes......

 

Certainly under the radar though.

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