Detroit Red Wings: 5 Reasons Brendan Smith Could Replace Ericsson Next Year

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Detroit Red Wings: 5 Reasons Brendan Smith Could Replace Ericsson Next Year
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The Detroit Red Wings traded away Mike Commodore on NHL trade deadline day on Monday, and brought up rookie defenseman Brendan Smith.

Now Brendan Smith, if you recall back at the start of last season, was suspended five games for a head shot on Ben Smith.

But this time, Smith looks to be back in the lineup full-time—well at least until Jonathan Ericsson comes back from his broken wrist.

But will Ericsson crack the lineup again this season with Brendan Smith playing?

If the game against Columbus was any indication, I would have to say no.

Here are five reasons why.

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