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by Paul on 11/17/11 at 12:32 AM ET
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
It’s not as though the Nashville Predators have never gone outside their own four walls in their quest for elite offensive talent. This is a team, after all, that has either traded for or signed the likes of Peter Forsberg, Paul Kariya, Steve Sullivan, J-P Dumont and Jason Arnott.
What the Predators have not been able to do, however, is cultivate a consistent scoring threat from within. They’ve been wildly successful with drafting and developing outstanding defensemen and goaltenders, but building up their own elite offensive talent has proven to be a huge challenge.
That could change, though, with the emergence of rookie Craig Smith as a legitimate offensive threat. It’s fair to say the organization didn’t expect him to accomplish this much this early in his career, particularly with no apprenticeship in the minors. And although the NHL sample is a small one, Smith is giving indications he could ultimately become the consistent point-per-game player the Predators desperately need.
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