Cam Neely: Reilly Smith a pleasant surprise

Cam Neely: Reilly Smith a pleasant surprise
December 12, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Reilly Smith was an afterthought in the offseason trade that sent Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Dallas while Loui Eriksson and Smith came to Boston.

Smith has performed above expectations in his first season as a Bruin, scoring seven goals and adding 14 assists.

President of the Boston Bruins Cam Neely joined Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti to discuss Smith’s play so far this season.

"To be honest, I think guys are a little bit surprised he is playing as well as he is,” Neely said. “Certainly thought he had the ability to play well in this league and that’s why we wanted to have him in that deal. He’s developing faster, he’s playing well, but he’s also playing with some pretty good guys so that helps. But it’s been a nice, pleasant surprise this early in the season.”

While Shawn Thornton awaits a hearing from the league which will likely land Thornton a suspension, James Neal received a five-game suspension for a knee to the head of Brad Marchand.

“Certainly, hate the knee to the head of Marchand,” Neely said. “I know Brad can get under players’ skin and that helps him, but guys have to control their emotions. I was not surprised of the suspension. If it was longer it wouldn’t have surprised me either. You watch that play, I’m sure you guys have talked about it enough, that he clearly moved his knee to target the head.”