June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini announces Nail Yakupov (not pictured) to the Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tamby Claus At The 2013 Trade Deadline - Oilers Acquire Jerred Smithson From Florida


Oilers acquired Smithson for a fourth round pick. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

HO HO HO

Twas the Night before Deadline Day, with evaluation and poise

Not an impact deal anywhere, no deals for Brad Boyes.

“…Adding people who can help us!” shouted Tamby Claus with glee

And he made that dumb grin,  putting Smithson under the tree

JERRED SMITHSON

DOB: 04 FEB 79 (34 years old)

6’3, 209 lbs

POSITION:  C/RW

CAP:  800K, will be unrestricted free agent on 05 July, 2013

NUMBERS: 2-3-5 in 35 games, 10 PIM

CAREER: 38-57-95 in 578 GP, 352 PIM

Former longtime Predator Jerred Smithson has been acquired by the Oilers from the Florida Panthers for a fourth round draft pick in 2013.

WHY?

The fourth line now has a guy who can play centre.  By that, I mean a guy who isn’t forced to play centre like Ryan Smyth, but a guy who can play wing, and a guy who can play centre as well.

IS THIS GOOD?

I’ve pulled a couple of all-nighters over the past few days and am pretty cranky about a lot of things.  I stand back with my hands in my pockets and shout THIS IS IT!?!?

But it’s not a bad move at all.  No risk, with a potential for upside.  I only wish the team acquired a defenceman along the way.  The team trades a fourth round pick to Florida for a guy that can provide a legitimate service (read:  not a goon) to a team that’s had a fourth line issue for much of the season.  Smithson has a very good faceoff win percentage of 54.8%, nothing to sneeze at.  His cap hit is 800K, which falls under the “very manageable” category.

Smithson is not a scoring machine.  He’s had just 22 shots in 35 games, so you can probably rule out a 20 goal season.  At 34 years of age, it’ll be interesting to see which direction the team is going to go in with Smithson and Eric  Belanger at the end of the year.  At the very worst, it Smithson will walk at the end of the year.  If he comes in and plays well, he can be extended without smashing the piggy bank.  The team could also keep both, and y’know, have some depth at centre if someone goes down with a knuckle injury, or a groin injury, or any other various injury.

Here’s Smithson scoring a big one while a member of the Predators.

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