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Smith Showing Improvement Following Call-Up

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is checked in the face by Brendan Smith #2 of the Detroit Red Wings during a preseason game at Consol Energy Center on September 21, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Penguins defeated the Red Wings 3-2.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 21: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is checked in the face by Brendan Smith #2 of the Detroit Red Wings during a preseason game at Consol Energy Center on September 21, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Red Wings 3-2. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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–Rookie defenseman Brendan Smith honed his game in Grand Rapids (AHL) the past three months and returned to the Wings better prepared to play in the NHL. Smith logged 13:15 and played well defensively in a 5-2 win over Columbus Tuesday. The team is hoping to get Smith into several games before the playoffs, give him more experience and build his confidence in case he’s needed in the postseason. Smith has a bright future with the team. He’s a skilled player who likes to rush the puck up the ice and makes a good first pass.

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