Boston Bruins: Reilly Smith has Quietly Provided Much-Needed Offense
Reilly Smith has 17 points for the Boston Bruins. Is anyone else as surprised as me? Smith currently has five goals and 12 assists. I have to admit this really blows my mind. I know Smith was skating on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson for awhile, but his point production has come from everywhere.
Smith has been logging most of his minutes on the third line. He has seen some power play time and has been rewarded with being the third highest scorer on the Bruins. Smith has been playing well, but his plus-four rating is somewhat disappointing given his 17 points. I don’t understand how you can be on the ice for at least 17 goals and also on the ice for 13 goals against. This shows a lack of discipline on the third line, and Carl Soderberg is a minus-one skating on that same line. These guys need to learn the Bruins’ way and play two-way hockey.
I appreciate the point production and the goals from Smith — every other fan in Boston does as well — but as the season continues it will be important for Smith to improve his plus-minus rating. He has the ability to become a very important piece to this Bruins team.
If he continues to play like this the Bruins power play may finally become elite. Smith is starting to provide the points that that the Bruins lacked last year from Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. It will be interesting to see how Smith does in the remainder of the 2013 season. He very well may be on pace for a 60 to 70 point year.