Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What Should We Expect From Ryan Smyth?

The Mullet returns to Edmonton
So Captain Canada is back playing for the only team he truly ever loved. Ryan Smyth who turns 36 in February might have more grey hair in his flowing mullet then he would like, but he still has the legs and strength to battle it out every night in front of the net.

After a tearful good bye at 2007 trade deadline, Smyth helped the New York Islanders sneak into the playoffs, but they were knocked out after only 5 games by the Buffalo Sabres. Smyth then signed a monster deal to suit up with the Colorado Avalanche. Smyth was looking for a huge pay day and he got it, $31.25M for 5 years - a cap hit of $6.25M a year. After 2 seasons with the Avalanche, Smyth was shipped off the Los Angeles Kings. Smyth lasted another 2 seasons with the Kings, scoring over 20 goals both seasons, but the Kings were hoping for a little more out of him and didn't have room for his huge cap hit with younger players looking for new deals so they shipped him north of the border to Edmonton.

So what should we expect out of Smyth this season?

Last season he scored 23 goals and put up 47 points in 82 games with the Kings. You would have to think with the Oilers he will at least be on the 2nd line and getting some powerplay time to park his butt in front of the oppositions net. There's a good chance he shovels in Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle's rebounds all season long as he is so smart around the crease. In many of the fantasy drafts this fall he was taken near the end of the draft to be an extra forward or utility player. Most fantasy predictions have him around 20 goals and 40 points, so we'll make a prediction of our own:

Ryan Smyth plays 70 games and scores 22 goals, 24 assists for 46 points.

How do you think Smyth will do in his return to Edmonton?

7 comments:

  1. He got thrown out in his first game... already making a fantasy impact.

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  2. I wonder what he will do after this season. Retire or resign with the Oilers for a lot less

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  3. he'll keep playing, there's a small market for ageing power forwards.

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  4. I saw on the stats he took some faceoffs? what's up with that?

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  5. He's a consistent player so I agree with you guys on his point totals this year. For the rest of his career his maximum point potential is 25g, 25a, 50pts.

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  6. looks like he did pretty good in the faceoff circle!

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  7. Smitty is a good fantasy guy to grab
    He shoots alot and I think he will score close to 30 this year.

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