In response to Bookboy007's comment:
This should probably get its own thread so it doesn't get lost or ignored by everyone who has had enough of Stanley's predictions. However, bogie mentioned this here, so I'll go ahead and see if it has legs:
Reilly Smith is the Bruins' third-leading scorer. He is now tied for most PPG by a forward on the team(1) - weirdly, the forwards combined have 2 PPG, and the D have 8: Chara (3), Krug (3), Hamilton (2). Maybe we should stop talking about moving him to the 4th line to make room for a guy he beat out of a job in training camp? Smith has as many goals and only 3 fewer assists IN THE NHL than Spooner has in Providence.
This will change. Bergeron will pass him when he hits his usual mid-season torrid streak. Iginla will pass him. Eriksson is basically tied with him in terms of points/game, but he should pass him too. Marchand is mired in a lousy stretch, but he's only 6 points back. A good stretch with a hot Bergeron and Marchand can catch him. But all of that is because Smith is on the third line. He won't see as much ice, and playing with Kelly is an automatic drag on your production. Right now, Smith is a player you should want to see more time on ice, not less.
I get wanting to see more of Spooner. I don't think it makes any difference whatsoever having him in the lineup vs. Shawn Thornton. Maybe an S3 line of Soderberg-Spooner-Smith has a shot at being this year's version of Krejci-Ryder-Wheeler from their first year together, and maybe they prove too inexperienced to do the heavy lifting of the half-energy/half-secondary scoring role the Bruins put on the 3rd line. If that happens, it's Kelly who moves. Not Smith. And I don't think they'll do that.
True smith is third leading scorer but he's also 103rd in the league. How much significance can we attribute his
Production thUS far ? not much right now