LADISLAV SMID RE 12-13: NIGHT

Oiler fans have watched Ladislav Smid grow up before our eyes. When he arrived, he was overmatched, played like the backdoor play was a new item every night, and generally learned NHL defense in the NHL. One thing no one can ever take away: no matter WHERE he learned those lessons, Smid emerged from the exercise with experience, ability and execution. Not every young blue turns that corner.

Ladislav Smid 10-11

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.43 (6th among Oil D)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 1.04 (6th among Oil D)
  • Qual Comp: 4th toughest among D
  • Qual Team: 5th best available among D
  • Corsi Rel: 2.3 (3rd best among D)
  • Zone Start: 48.6% (2nd toughest among D)
  • Zone Finish: 51.1% (2nd best among D)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 48 shots/0 goals
  • Boxcars: 78gp, 0-10-10
  • Plus Minus: -10 on a team that was -52

Ladislav Smid 11-12

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.64 (3rd among Oil D)
  • 5×4 points per 60: nil
  • Qual Comp: toughest among D
  • Qual Team: 3rd best available among D
  • Corsi Rel: -.6 (4th best among D)
  • Zone Start: 49.3% (4th toughest among D)
  • Zone Finish: 52.6% (best among D)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 47 shots/10.6% (1st among Oilers D)
  • Boxcars: 78gp, 5-10-15
  • Plus Minus: +4 on a team that was -26

Ladislav Smid 12-13

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.30 (7th among regular Oil D)
  • 5×4 points per 60: nil
  • Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among regular D
  • Qual Team: best available among regular D
  • Corsi Rel: -2.8 (6th best among regular D) (-13.27 CorsiON)
  • Zone Start: 47.9% (4th toughest among D)
  • Zone Finish: 51.3% (best among D)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 30 shots/3.33% (5th among Oilers D>30 shots)
  • Boxcars: 48gp, 1-3-4
  • Plus Minus: -1 on a team that was -15

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  1. What do these numbers tell us? Shutdown pairing again this season, and again slightly in the red CorsiRel. Smid’s seasons show that he’s the best available shutdown LH blue on the roster, but he needs some help there (beyond Schultz the elder).
  2. How could these numbers be better? I think we’ve established that Smid-Petry is NOT an above average 1st pairing, that it is the best available option, and that the duo should be fine for years if the club can cobble together another pairing of similar or better quality. I don’t know that asking more of Smid is the point–the turn north will have to include others playing at Smid’s level, not another gear for Laddy.
  3. I think he needs to be better. Smid (with Petry) is playing the toughest opposition and as late as March held a Corsi Rel in the black. The only negative about Smid is what happens when the puck is in Oiler possession–his shot is not strong, his pass to forwards does not ignite the rush, his sorties up ice usually end with an awkward moment when he begins to look at options. Often, he skates himself into a corner, bringing the opportunity to an end. That can be solved with a calm pass to partner Petry, or a quick up to the center or a winger. Smid’s troubles are well down the list of Oiler worries, though.
  4. Are you happy with the contract? Sure.  Four year deal, $3.5M cap hit, wish they had another just like him.
  5. He has those calm feet. Sure does, plus he has his act together overall. The stories surrounding him at the time of the signing were about finding his wife here, that her family lives here, it’s all about things that indicate someone who has his feet squarely on the ground. Important for a young team to have that guy.
  6. Still, he gets beaten time to time. Yeah, sure. One of the things that has changed in our lifetime is the rules regarding interference and holding. The NHL rid itself of much of the new rules implemented after the first lockout, but obstruction fouls and holds are called closely. NHL defensemen look less effective to us, because they have to play within a set of rules our eyes compare to the olden days. Mistakes happen and can’t be covered up without penalty. Scott Stevens never played by this rule book. Ever.
  7. He lacks a complete skill set. Offensively he’s lacking, but I’ll take that because he can play the tough blue minutes and come out the other side. Plus, he’s healthy. Coach Krueger should be able to write his name in pen, that’s a big deal.
  8. Do the Oilers have another Smid nearby? The Oilers may feel they have a mobile defensive defender in Klefbom, but these guys take time to develop.
  9. You always hated him. Smid and Petry. You sure can pick defensemen. Who do you like these days? Whitney? I think Smid and Petry are top drawer, but have long ago grown tired of watching defensemen learn their trade in the NHL. I’d had enough of it by the time the Leafs got Bob Neely, you can imagine how tiresome it is today.
  10. Maybe you should have hated Pouliot. Poor Poo. That bastard never had a chance, what with you cheering for him and all. Are we done with Smid?
  11. He blocks a lot of shots. Yes. Last year, his 184 blocked shots ranked him 7th among defensemen in the entire NHL and this year he blocked 119 and ranked 6th in the entire league.
  12. Does he have a lot of hits? Finished 3rd in the NHL this season, with 151.
  13. Is he the kind of blue MacT wants? I think so, at least most of Smid’s game matches up with what MacT talked about. Smid’s a mobile defender, does the dirty work, wins battles, blocks shots, hits people, clears the crease, comes to the aid of his teammates, can move the puck well, makes mostly good decisions, calm feet. Those are good things, and it’s a pretty long list.
  14. Is he the best defenseman on the team? He’s the defenseman I’d most like to be on the ice in the Oilers zone with the game on the line and the Oilers without possession.
  15. Just say yes. Yes.
  16. I know you hate him. Why?
  17. You’re most of the way through the RE, there are 2000 better Springsteen songs and you choose this dreadful song. This is a brilliant, overlooked song–and that’s one of the reasons I chose it for him.
  18. Why this song for Smid? Lots of reasons. It is overlooked, it’s about a working man (certainly Smid is a lunchpail player) but it’s also about being young and getting out there and having some fun. There’s some real joy in this song, and Bruce doesn’t exactly throw good times around. Plus that giant sax is too beautiful to ignore, so I had to get it into the series. Plus I love the line “hell all day they’re busting you up on the outside, But tonight you’re gonna break on through to the inside” and it kind of fits. The sax is gorgeous in this song, just terrific. Also, the opening line is a throwback, kind of a Chuck Berry lyric: “You get up every morning at the sound of the bell.”
  19. And Laddy is a throwback player? Yes. Absolutely.
  20. Is MacT going to get another Smid for Schultz the younger? This summer or next, I believe he will.

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20 Responses to "LADISLAV SMID RE 12-13: NIGHT"

  1. Woodguy says:

    Plus, he’s healthy. Coach Krueger should be able to write his name in pen, that’s a big deal.

    I am very happy that Smid stopped ramming his own face into the glass.

    I am very happy that Smid doesn’t leave himself open to heinous hits as much as he used to.

    I am very happy that the Oilers signed him to a reasonable contract.

    Good NHL players (and he is one) that want to stay in Edmonton shouldn’t be shown the door to bring in a shiny new player.

    Shiny new players should be in addition to the current good ones.

    New concept in Edmonton. (old concept really, just hasn’t be followed since summer 2006)

    I hope it sticks.

  2. bookje says:

    Woodguy,

    Does that apply to Hemsky, because according to Matheson, he is going to be traded for a new negative ion machine for the dressing room?

    I suppose given his injury history, it won’t matter that much, but I don’t see the value in dumping him for no return (and apparently eating 1/2 his salary as well). Unless MacT considers having him around a distraction to the line up structure (i.e. coming in and out of the line up). Maybe MacT doesn’t like his body language or something.

    Perhaps Matheson is just making a guess, but he seemed pretty certain and usually when he doesn’t have inside info he uses more cautious phrasing.

  3. Bar_Qu says:

    Judging by that last exchange, LT and his alter ego are spending too much time together. I fear that before the end of this series they will come to blows.

    That said, I have always cheered for Smid and have appreciated that he is the most reliable defenseman on the team. Not the flashiest, but a real heir to the mantle of Gator (I’m surprised this doesn’t come up more in discussion of him).

  4. Bruce McCurdy says:

    That loyalty to Edmonton is particularly notable after how Ladi was left to dangle in the wind in the painfully extended aftermath of the Heatley fiasco.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Bookje: Two deadlines ago, Derek Van Diest from the Sun told me (this was during an on air segment on the Team 1260) that the strongest offer for Hemsky was a 2nd and a 4th (and it came from Nashville).

    Oilers don’t need the second and the fourth now, but do need a hockey player. What’s the player equivalent of that value?

  6. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Smid is my favorite Oiler. has been for a couple of years.

    I think it has more to do with his rich well of levity that seems to go against type. As you mention, LT, he’s a lunchpail kinda guy and a hails from the darkened lands of Moravia… you never see him slack, he fights for everything, workman like… everything says he should embody the Bieksa Bleakness.

    And yet, he’s hilarious.

    Impossible not to smile when he’s on the tv… playing or being interviewed.

  7. russ99 says:

    That chart is the perfect proof as to why we need to punt Potter.

    We can find a better vet 7th defenseman who can handle tougher comp for < $1.5M in UFA.

    The Oilers will have truly arrived when we have two defensemen with better showing on the chart than Smid and Petry.

  8. Woodguy says:

    bookje:
    Woodguy,

    Does that apply to Hemsky, because according to Matheson, he is going to be traded for a new negative ion machine for the dressing room?

    I suppose given his injury history, it won’t matter that much, but I don’t see the value in dumping him for no return (and apparently eating 1/2 his salary as well).Unless MacT considers having him around a distraction to the line up structure (i.e. coming in and out of the line up).Maybe MacT doesn’t like his body language or something.

    Perhaps Matheson is just making a guess, but he seemed pretty certain and usually when he doesn’t have inside info he uses more cautious phrasing.

    Matheson’s predictions, including the ones using “certain language” have been a swing and a miss for years now.

    If they do move him, it would be nice to get something useful back.

    Draft picks need not apply.

  9. Woodguy says:

    bookje,

    The worst thing about Matheson’s piece was this:

    But Hemsky’s days as an Oiler are essentially over and I suspect there will be few tears shed by fans here when he’s sent packing, unlike when the very popular Smyth was traded to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline in 2007.

    Fuck you Matheson.

    Maybe you and Spec won’t shed tears because he saw you two as the hacks that you are, but as a fan, and former season ticket holder, he was the only thing worth watching for years.

    Sitting in the rink you hear all kinds of opinions on every player.

    You’d hear frustration with Hemsky, but never dislike.

    In the echo-chamber of press row they may be few tears shed for a player who didn’t think he had to explain himself to jackasses like Matheson and Spector who question the heart of a player who left body parts on the ice for shitty mismanaged teams for years, but in the seats and in the homes tears will be shed.

    Fuck you Jim Matheson.

  10. rickithebear says:

    Lowetide: Oilers don’t need the second and the fourth now, but do need a hockey player.

    What is your Performance per cap dollar rank for wingers.?

    If teaching your child to score goals was on the honey do list. do you think she gives a rats ass about Corsi. On any NHL honey do list there is only one expected outcome.

  11. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Woodguy:
    bookje,

    The worst thing about Matheson’s piece was this:

    But Hemsky’s days as an Oiler are essentially over and I suspect there will be few tears shed by fans here when he’s sent packing, unlike when the very popular Smyth was traded to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline in 2007.

    Fuck you Matheson.

    Maybe you and Spec won’t shed tears because he saw you two as the hacks that you are, but as a fan, and former season ticket holder, he was the only thing worth watching for years.

    Sitting in the rink you hear all kinds of opinions on every player.

    You’d hear frustration with Hemsky, but never dislike.

    In the echo-chamber of press row they may be few tears shed for a player who didn’t think he had to explain himself to jackasses like Matheson and Spector who question the heart of a player who left body parts on the ice for shitty mismanaged teams for years, but in the seats and in the homes tears will be shed.

    Fuck you Jim Matheson.

    Don’t forget that time Matheson called Hemsky “petulant” “wishy-washy” and questioned his “leadership” because Hemsky is “too comfortable” and a “follower”

    http://www.coppernblue.com/2012/2/6/2776060/hemsky-83-revisited

  12. russ99 says:

    What irks me most about the constant slams of Hemsky is that the Oilers still haven’t given him the goal-scoring centerman that he needs to reach his full potential.

    Kinda sucks that he’ll likely get that somewhere else.

  13. edwards_daddy says:

    Two Ladi-types I think MacT should chase this summer are Mark Fraser and Brenden Dillon. Both quite young, big and playing tough minutes. Hemmer for Dillon?

  14. Bos8 says:

    Woodguy:
    bookje,

    The worst thing about Matheson’s piece was this:

    But Hemsky’s days as an Oiler are essentially over and I suspect there will be few tears shed by fans here when he’s sent packing, unlike when the very popular Smyth was traded to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline in 2007.

    Fuck you Matheson.

    Maybe you and Spec won’t shed tears because he saw you two as the hacks that you are, but as a fan, and former season ticket holder, he was the only thing worth watching for years.

    Sitting in the rink you hear all kinds of opinions on every player.

    You’d hear frustration with Hemsky, but never dislike.

    In the echo-chamber of press row they may be few tears shed for a player who didn’t think he had to explain himself to jackasses like Matheson and Spector who question the heart of a player who left body parts on the ice for shitty mismanaged teams for years, but in the seats and in the homes tears will be shed.

    Fuck you Jim Matheson.

    This post has the approval of Bo Sa8

  15. Maestro Fresh Mess says:

    Ladi is a beauty.

  16. meanashell11 says:

    Woodguy:
    bookje,

    The worst thing about Matheson’s piece was this:

    But Hemsky’s days as an Oiler are essentially over and I suspect there will be few tears shed by fans here when he’s sent packing, unlike when the very popular Smyth was traded to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline in 2007.

    Fuck you Matheson.

    Maybe you and Spec won’t shed tears because he saw you two as the hacks that you are, but as a fan, and former season ticket holder, he was the only thing worth watching for years.

    Sitting in the rink you hear all kinds of opinions on every player.

    You’d hear frustration with Hemsky, but never dislike.

    In the echo-chamber of press row they may be few tears shed for a player who didn’t think he had to explain himself to jackasses like Matheson and Spector who question the heart of a player who left body parts on the ice for shitty mismanaged teams for years, but in the seats and in the homes tears will be shed.

    Fuck you Jim Matheson.

    WG, for this post alone I think I know I like you!

    Hemsky had his face plastered into the boards from behind for years and no one came to his defense. And he never complained yet it took years off his career. I own his game worn rookie season jersey, it hangs in the den next to the flat screen I watch every game on. It gets taken down and worn every time I go see the Oilers at MSG or NCC. No one at either of those rinks say a bad thing about Hemmer.

    It will be a sad day when he leaves, he signed a hometown contract once when everyone was running out the door. Hell Horcoff got his big contract directly because of Hemmer. Last year when he was playing back home during the lockout I almost brought my sons over there to go see him play. He will be missed.

  17. Gerta Rauss says:

    Love Ladi and I’m thrilled he turned the corner and is now an NHL defenseman.

    I’ve been pimping Polak out of St Louis as a trade target-I see Polak as a Ladi Smid type with a right handed stick.

  18. jonrmcleod says:

    I like that your alter ego gave you a hard time in this episode. Amazing that you two have stuck together for so long.

  19. asiaoil says:

    I approved of the “fuck you” sentiment for Matheson – what a crap column from a hack writer. Hemsky signed home town discounts and played on garbage teams while getting the crap kicked out of him nightly by guys like Regher. Guess he’s too smart to play kissy face with Matheson.

    You know who will not be missed when they leave – you Matheson – gutless piece of writing from a mouthpiece who provides almost zero value to the general knowledge-base.

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