#70: Bobby Smith
In seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Bobby Smith was counted on to score goals, and he didn’t disappoint.
He scored at least 26 goals in five of those seasons. In 1987-88, he had 93 points, and followed that up the next season with 32 goals.
He would also come through in the playoffs. In 107 playoff games with the Habs, Smith had 38 goals and 84 points.
A first overall pick with the Minnesota North Stars, Smith made it to the Stanley Cup finals on four different occasions (two with Montreal and two with Minnesota) , but only won one cup with the Canadiens in 1986.
How good was Bobby Smith? He beat out Wayne Gretzky for the OHL scoring lead before being drafted, setting OHL records for assists and points in a single season in the process, and won the NHL’s Calder trophy for top rookie the next year.
He finished his career with almost a point-per-game average in the regular season and the playoffs.
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Hockey Hall of Fame
At the NHL’s general managers meeting in March, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland plans to bring up the topic of the Stanley Cup finals.
Imagine this celebration happening in a neutral site!
His thoughts? The finals should be like the Superbowl, where the highest bidder gets the rights for the first two games.
The idea is completely ludicrous. First off, one of the reasons the Superbowl works is because it’s one and done. People can plan their yearly vacation or whatever around attending the Superbowl, which is held on a Sunday.
The Stanley Cup finals is at least four games long. So why would a city pay big money to host a championship that won’t be awarded in that city?
The other negative has to do with the bidding. Just say it’s the Boston Bruins against the San Jose Sharks in the finals. What happens though, if the Bruins are hosting the two games as a neutral site (which would have been decided at least a year in advance)? It’d be two games at the neutral site, one game in San Jose, and another one back in Boston. The Bruins would have a huge advantage in that scenario, or any other team that might make it to the finals.
It’s a silly idea, plain and simple.