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The Red Wings offensive-minded defense needs to find somebody who can fill the gap that was left by the sudden retirement of Brian Rafalski.
Instead of looking for free agents, the Wings have a talented young man in their organization that fit the job description.
Brendan Smith is an outstanding defenseman, who proved last season with the AHL’s Grand Rapid Griffins that he deserved to be named WCHA's "Defensive Player of the Year" during his junior year at the University of Wisconsin.
He scored 12 goals and 20 assists with the Griffins last season, and also showed his physical play, which earned him 124 penalty minutes.
With the help of players like Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall, Smith could become a big part of the Red Wings defense.