REDLines: Craig Who? September 14th

Craig Smith is stealing the show. Photo Source: AP via daylife.com

Today’s song of the day is The Devil You Know by heavy metal vets Anthrax. If you’re a fan of the group or metal in general, you probably know that they’re part of the Big 4 concert today at Yankee Stadium that also features heavyweights Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.

For the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, it was the devil they didn’t know that sunk them in their second game of the rookie tournament against the Nashville Predators. Predators center Craig Smith has exploded for six goals in the tournament, including two in a 3-1 win over the Cats Tuesday. Smith has turned what Panther fans had hoped would be showcase for their highly-touted prospect system, into his own stage.

It’s not like the outburst was expected. Smith was a 4th round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft who spent the past two seasons at the University of Wisconsin following three seasons in Waterloo of the United States Hockey League. Right now, I’m sure he has Predator fans hoping that he can provide goals for a team that is a scorer or two from taking the jump to serious Stanley Cup contention.

Links after the jump.

Here are your links to start your day:

NHL.com profiles every Panthers fan’s favorite young defenseman, Erik Gudbranson.

Michael Landsberg shares his emotional story on the late Wade Belak from TSN

Minnesota goalie Josh Harding will honor fallen teammates via his goalie mask. Puck Daddy

Down Goes Brown take a look at the NHL 12 video game as only they can.

Ryan Porth rightly skewers NHL Network’s summer programming, especially light of this summer’s tragedies. RLD Hockey

And it’s from a couple of days ago, but the identity of Fake Dan Ellis on Twitter revealed himself! Battle of California

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Topics: Anthrax, Big 4, Craig Smith, Erik Gudbranson, Fake Dan Ellis, Florida Panthers, Josh Harding, Megadeth, Metallica, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Nhl Network, Slayer, Tsn, Twitter, Wade Belak, Yankee Stadium

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