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Ducks find final piece

Anaheim may have found its missing piece.

Trade deadline move by GM Dave Davis just may be the missing piece that Anaheim was looking for.

Anaheim never really had a true 3rd line center. Chris VandeVelde was filling that slot and Chris

is a good defensive forward but not a great at faceoffs, playmaking, and only had a limited scoring

touch. GM Davis knew he had to find someone that could set up the talented wings that were on the

third line.

Decent third line centers in the WCHL can be hard to find everyone seems to want an

arm and a leg to give up one. As in all leagues you have to give up something to get something

of value back in return. So Gm Davis gave up a young great passing forward that he had high hopes

for in Beau Bennett to get Zach Smith a good third line center with an all around skill set.

Zach plays good defense and can kill penalties, has good puck moving and passing abilities and

a big plus, Zach can deposit the puck in the net. In 8 games with Anaheim, Zach has 5 points

2 Goals, 3 Assists, and is a +7. Zach has brought toughness and physical presence to the third

line along with his offensive skills. There also seems to be come chemistry with his line

mates Patric Hornqvist and Richard Panik. This was something that was missing in the Anaheim

lineup for the last two playoff seasons.

With the addition of Zach Smith to the lineup

GM Dave Davis feels more confident that this team will fair better in the playoffs than the

last two playoff rosters did. We will just have to wait and see but we are happy that.

Zach is now part of the Anaheim Lineup.

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