I keep saying two things to myself:
- The Oilers didn’t get full value for Ladislav Smid
- It doesn’t matter what you do in the ECHL, it’s still the ECHL.
I remain comfortable in both opinions. Ladislav Smid is an NHL veteran, signed, a productive member of the hockey team and young enough to hang around and be part of the good times.
Well he had his troubles that’s for sure. Still, NHL player, signed, and he played on the top pairing here. PLUS all that damn time invested waiting for him to turn the corner!
At what point do we begin talking about this? His save percentage in the regular season was excellent (.926) and now he’s gone super nova. But it’s the ECHL!
AHL? Hot mess, 10 games. So, what say you? Should we expect a quality AHL starting goaltender here on the way to someone who can help out at the NHL level down the line? Or is he destined to be an ECHL legend in Buck Owens country?