Apr 24, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>NickC1988</b></div><div>Nylander is not starting in Rockford, like the guys on the hawks talk podcast said: You don't trade Jokiharju away for a player to put in Rockford. Nylander will certainly get a look.
Like I said in my description, Dach will start on the wing for 4 or 5 games then could shift to C to see how he feels. He will get his 9 game look and so will Boqvist since De Haan is out.
Smith does not have the foot speed suited to play in the NHL. OTT was in disarray sure, but he even had a letter on his jersey, they never actually placed him in the minors to save money, he was just THAT BAD. Carpenter is in a similar situation, except his right handedness will keep him around as a 4C/PK option.</div></div>
He will get a good look during preseason, but based on historically, he will play in Rockford as the Hawks try to groom him into something. He has demonstrated he clearly can't play in the NHL so far, just because they gave up Jokiharju for him or anyone for that matter doesn't change that fact.
Well I can tell you, the Hawks didn't trade AA for a guy that won't play in the NHL. You are basing your theory on a team that arguably shouldn't be a NHL team and players being extremely frustrated by management instead of the player himself. I don't take anything that OTT management does as an indication of a player. Smith will play, that is a 100% fact. Smith is a solid physical 4th liner and PK guy, he will without a shadow of a doubt play in the lineup.