Troy Alexander sends in the following on the Canucks: "Noticed a couple of players listed on the Canucks roster that weren't reported anywhere. 1. Alexei Smirnov - 1st round pick of the Mighty Ducks in 2000 - last played in the NHL in 2003-04 - spent last season with Omsk in Russia. 2. Steve Gainey - 3 round pick of the Dallas Stars in 1997 - spent last season in with Phoenix / San Antonio after a year in France. Smirnov could be interesting as he was highly touted, going number 12 overall, but he never lived up to expectations...maybe a year in Russia straightened him out."
tantalum wrote:He's on the prospects camp list so it's true.
That said this guy is the poster boy for first round bust.
No, I think Patrik Stefan still holds that title.
As a #1 pick maybe but he still has over 400 NHL games under his belt.
Smirnov has yet to score to score 10 goals or get more than 20 points in any pro hockey year. He's a 20 point AHLer. Stefan aas big a bust as he has been would probably light up the AHL. as he's a 30-40 point NHLer.
Smirnov will either turn out to be a version of Vladmir Krutov (only instead of hot dogs he'll be on vodka), or he could turn out to be a serviceable NHL 2nd or 3rd liner. The jury is still out on him, but at 6'5" he's one mammoth of a hockey player. Give him some time to develop...this could pay off.