Brendan Smith is trying to put his defensive efforts ahead of potential offensive gains.
"I think the first-thing first is to show that I can play that style as a good defenseman with the defense first," he said. "I mean, everyone knows I have offensive ability, and the biggest question was can I play at this level defensively and against the top lines, and I've shown that. It's the biggest thing for me and that is what I have to take from this, and be happy about." Smith has one assist in 19 games this season and it came back on Jan. 25. Coach Mike Babcock has been pleased with the 24-year-old's play, but he doesn't have any fantasy value right now. Keep an eye on him in the future though.