Smith impresses

TRAVERSE CITY — Rookie defenseman Brendan Smith also caught the attention of Wings coach Mike Babcock, who talked with the youngster after the game.

“He’s a confident, good player,” Babcock said. “He’s got the ability to be a great game breaker. Game breakers have the tendency to want to break the game all the time. To become a pro you have to be patient because there are a lot of shifts where nothing happens. You wait for your opportunity and then you take advantage of it. Then you don’t get yourself in trouble.”

Smith, who was selected with the Wings’ first pick (27th overall) in the 2007 draft, had 11 goals and 24 assists in two seasons at Wisconsin.

“It’s a win-win situation for me,” Smith said. “It’s a great experience. I know what I’ve got to do to become a professional.
“I’m pretty happy with my camp,” Smith added. “There are things that I need to do to get better.”

“He’s going to be a really good player,” Babcock said. “I like his disposition. He’s got a lot of upside.”


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