Credit where it’s due: Ladislav Smid had his best game as an Oiler yesterday.
He’s still lacking consistency and this season has displayed that ridiculous tendency to stop thinking when things are happening in front of the net, but he made a lot of big league plays in that game Sunday.
If Smid can continue to make smart passes, have an idea on his rushes, close gaps with authority, use his stick effectively to remove the puck from harm’s way, and do it consistently, then the Oilers may have something here.
We’ll need to see it again, but before yesterday we hadn’t seen that player at all. The light, as they say, appears to be “on.”