Dupont projects Smith as bottom-six forward

Dupont projects Smith as bottom-six forward
April 7, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Gary Tanguay, Kirk Minihane, and Kevin Paul Dupont discuss Reilly Smith and if he's really a top-six forward.

The Bruins are just a handful of games away from the 2014 postseason, and it's important that their guys are playing their best hockey going in.

While that does seem to be the case for most of them, Reilly Smith has had trouble on the production side lately.

Even so, B's front office is sticking by him and keeping him on the second line because they say he's making them better and doing the little things.

Gary Tanguay, Kirk Minihane, and Kevin Paul Dupont discuss Smith and if he's really a top-six forward. KPD isn't so sure of that.

"To me, that sounds like the definition of what a bottom-six forward is," Dupont said. "That's where I project him longterm, third of fourth line. I don't see him as a second-line guy. What I like about him most is he is smart and he does have the grit. Whether he has the touch you need to be a traditional top-six forward I haven't seen it yet. BUt it's not to say he won't be that. He did have a good run offensively, but he has not had a good run here since just before the Olympic break. So to me he's still an awkward top-six guy."