Goal Analysis And More: Brendan Smith

March 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) scores a goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding (37) on a rebound of a shot by Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

It’s Thursday night, so you know what that means: Goal Analysis Time!!  Having already reviewed Tomas “THE SOUSE” Tatar’s first goal, as well as Gustav Nyquist’s first goal, I think it’s fair we analyze another top prospects first goal: Brendan Smith.

Smith scored his first goal on Friday, March 2nd against the Minnesota Wild.  Let’s take a look at the video and then break down the play:

The worst part about the goal was Ken Daniels calling it for Abdelkader.  The best part is that Brendan Smith rules.  Fair trade off.  Unfortunately, you really can’t see the play develop, so I found a video with the full game highlights.  It uses that stupid above/behind the net camera, but it is what it is.  Let’s get into the analysis, shall we?

Pretty standard faceoff formation.  Abby is centering Cleary and Bertuzzi with Kindl and Smith on the blue line.

Abdelkader loses the faceoff.  He and Bert seal off the middle of the ice.  Cleary went up the boards at first and is now trying to get at the Minnesota player.  The lane is wide open, so he tries to skate the puck up, but Cleary has other ideas.

Cleary bumps the Minnesota player off the puck.  Bertuzzi recognizes this and decides that he wants to get the puck.  Bert-monster will not be denied.

Bert grabs the puck and locates Cleary in the slot.  Abdelkader went to the front to get a rebound or a tip.  However, you can see Smith lurking at about the top of the circles.  Cleary gets the shot on net and it becomes a giant clusterpuck from there.

 

The puck rebounds off of Harding and over Abdelkader’s stick.  If only a really awesome young defenseman was being really smart and following the play could come in and finish it OH WAIT FOR IT!

And that, my friends, is an awesome goal by our very own Brendan Smith.  Let’s recap:

  • After a lost faceoff, Cleary did a good job forcing a turnover
  • Bertuzzi picked the puck up and set Cleary up for a quick shot on net
  • Abdelkader went to the front of the net and created havoc for Harding
  • Smith followed the play and slammed it home for his first NHL goal

As we all know, the Wings don’t exactly have the strongest defense any more (Kronwall, White, Quincey, Ericsson, Kindl, and Smith).  It’s time for Smith to be in the top 6 every day, regardless if the Wings sign or trade for another d-man.  I feel Smith has a much greater upside than Kindl.  Kindl has had two years to prove himself and he still hasn’t been able to lock down a regular spot.  Smith has earned the opportunity to play every day and in important situations to see what he can do.

Have any thoughts or comments?  You know the drill – yell at me on the Twitter Machines.  Until next time…SMITH TIME, BABY!

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