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Projecting Ryan Smyth's 2011-12

Ryan Smyth is back in Edmonton, it’s true.  That line is worth a lot. But for the remainder of this post, try not to let the storyline influence your expectations.

It’s a great story.  I love the fact that Ryan Smyth asked to be traded to the last-place Oilers, and I love how he’ll likely be the top left on the first line.  He’s 35, not 435.  He’s got plenty of juice left in that vehicle of his, and we’re hopeful that he’s still the same old Ryan Smyth that he was when he left town over four years ago.

Objectively speaking, what can we expect from Ryan Smyth in this upcoming season?

Oh, procession.  Pomp, circumstance, and a big parade.  Now that it’s all over (and Smyth will be pulling the Oil drop over his body next year), what can we expect from the newly re-acquired Ryan Smyth?

Will it be a year where Smyth finds time with some of the youth movement?  Or, will he be a player with the old guard, teaming up with Horcoff and Hemsky for one more ride?

Let’s hear you guys.  I know you’re out there.  What do you expect from Ryan Smyth this year?  Better yet, what’s reasonable to expect?

Fifty points is a nice round number that I think Smyth is easily able to attain should everything click between his old linemates.  I see Smyth and Horcoff paired a lot this year, and if everyone can stay out of sick bay for a while, the Oilers could flex some muscle on offence.

Show me your scorecards.  What do have for Ryan Smyth in 2011-12?
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