Ladislav Smid is a bona fide NHL defenseman, 27, signed to a long term contract and his employers are happy with his work. He has size, speed, plays with intelligence and is considered a solid ‘shutdown’ NHL blueliner.
RE 13-14: 70, 1-9-10
- Boy, you just cannot say anything nice about him, can you? What? I meant every word, and all of them were positive.
- Ten freaking points!?!!?! Yes. I have him playing on the top pairing with Petry, and they’re going to play heavy minutes and PK time. This is the heavy lifting portion of the defensive wall we’re talking about here. And this is the role Smid is well-suited for with the Oilers.
- Absolutely dripping with sarcasm. Look, there was a time when Smid was a lightning rod for what was wrong with this team, but he’s a man out there. Bona fide. I consider Smid to be the official ‘pee break’ defenseman on the team
- What in HELL does that mean? If I gave to go, I wait until he’s out there.
- Weirdo. Whatever.
- And what the hell is this wretched song? One of my favorites, actually. It’s a Johnny Mathis song, but the best version is by Nina Simone who was so brilliant they still haven’t caught up to her. It’s beautiful music and I think one of Bowie’s best vocals. It fits Smid because it’s understated, subtle.
- Smid is sublte? Yeah, sure–certainly offensively. Defensively, ‘efficient’ might be a better word, but in the last three seasons he’s become the ‘calm feet’ of the Edmonton Oilers. No Bowie songs about calm feet I could find, but this has a calm tone and is such a brilliant song I think it works. The Vollman tells us how important he is and Smid is among the top 90 blue in the NHL now at evens– and close to #1 on the penalty kill for TOI. He’s playing a lot and the numbers defensively are good–very good, considering the team he plays for right now. He and Petry were a little uneven this season, but they’re a good pair overall.
- Where does he rank in TOI? He was 100th in EV time-on-ice in the NHL, third on the Oilers but Smid, Petry and Schultz were pretty even in that discipline. He plays a lot at even strength for the Edmonton Oilers, and by any stretch would be considered a ‘second pairing’ defender in terms of minutes. A good one, too.
- What about PK? Seventh in the entire NHL, and pretty close to the top. Smid trailed #1 Braydon Coburn by 16 seconds per game which is basically nothing. He’s a big part of the penalty-kill and that should continue this coming season.
- What about the WOWY? He played almost exclusively with Petry (81%) and they were 44% CF, which is pretty good on the Edmonton Oilers based on what they were facing every night.
- Did they play a lot with Hall? Smid’s most common mates in terms of forwards were Eberle (240 minutes, 48.9%) Hall (235 minutes, 48.3%), Gagner (220 minutes 42.2%), Smyth (196 minutes, 44.7%), Nuge (194 minutes 47.5%), Yakupov (190 minutes, 43.8%). So, he played with the top end guys, and they played against the tough opposition.
- How long can he hold off Klefbom? I don’t see the two being in competition with each other, there’s going to be plenty of room for both of them. If the Oilers start the 2016-17 season with LH depth chart of Smid, Klefbom, Nurse and a RH depth chart of Petry, J Schultz and Ference would that be such a bad thing? Smid is aging well, and he’s got plus speed, we’re not talking about a Lee Fogolin fade here.
- There’s still some chaos to his game. One of the things that has changed in our lifetime is the rules regarding interference and holding. The NHL rid itself of much of that kind of thing–and it was central to playing defense–during the 2004 lockout. If you look at a 15 year old video of an Oiler game you’ll see exactly how many more liberties bluemen had at their disposal. The current bunch can’t do any of that stuff and for that reason modern 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.
- 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 Eakins will rely on him, believe me.
- Do the Oilers have another Smid nearby? The Oilers feel they have a mobile defensive defender in Klefbom, but these guys take time to develop.
- You’re not especially known for identifying defensemen who will turn out. You badly underrated Smid and Petry. It’s kind of sad, actually. Two different matters: Petry wasn’t a player I’d seen, and his stats were wobbly. Kevin Prendergast was calling him God, and given those set of circumstances I’d be suspicious 10 times out of 10 (Prendergast loved all of his draft picks). Smid was a different matter, because it wasn’t so much him as a player as having to watch him learn the back door play at the NHL level. Man, it’s ghastly. It never changes, decade to decade and it’s so simple to overcome. But kids forget, and it’ll happen this year again with some young one. It’s just part of the game, with Smid taking a rather long time to learn it (and other things).
- So now he’s stupid? Hell no, he’s a bright guy. I like Ladislav Smid. I liked him early and like him late. There were some struggles but they’re gone.
- Would you trade him? Not now, no. He’s signed a deal here, married a local girl, for me that’s a guy you commit to long term and hopefully a few more of his countrymen want to play here in a couple of years.
- I can’t believe it. You like him! Sure do. He’ll be a solid top 4 option until he moves down the depth chart when the kids are ready.
- We were so close. Smid’s good, 27 and signed long term. There’s no issue, he can fill a role that’s important on the Oilers, and fill it well enough to stay in that role for the next several seasons. His only problem is the same problem with Hemsky–he’s older than the cluster. It matters less for defensemen though, because they take longer to develop and can stay in the role deeper into their careers. Smid’s probably years from a fade, certainly his contract should hold its value and he might even get a raise the next time around. The only thing that will keep him from 1,000 games is injury. He’s a good one.
SMID’S VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER 2011-12
SMID’S VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER 2012-13
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