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Best, worst case for Wings' Brendan Smith

Updated: October 25, 2012, 2:58 PM ET
By Craig Custance

There's no doubt seasoning in the American Hockey League is crucial to the growth of most young hockey players. When citing the virtues of the league, scouts and team executives often say the same thing: They've seen players hurt because they were rushed to the NHL but never because they spent too much time in the AHL.

You can't help but wonder if Brendan Smith is pushing the limits of that theory.

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