Craig Custance writes that Brendan Smith is a "really likeable defenseman," a good skater, can move the puck and jump into the play. (ESPN Insider)
Jeff Gorton said on Tuesday that Smith is a player the Rangers have liked for a while and that they like his skating, that he can play both the left and right side and brings some "toughness."
He noted that Smith has put up offensive numbers before in college and in the AHL and they will see if he can bring any offense after joining the Rangers.
Ryan McDonagh said that Smith has always been an "in-your-face" type of player that can step up and make plays at big moments. (Newsday)
Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday that Smith is a competitive player who skates well and makes a good first pass.
Larry Brooks wrote that Smith can play both sides and has a "bit of a mean streak" to him. (NY Post)
Smith said on Wednesday that he has played the right side a lot and that he enjoys playing on that side.
He said that he wants to help in any way that he can and especially use his skating and his "strength and toughness."
An NHL scout told Custance that he likes Smith as a third pairing type of defenseman and added, "if he makes two good plays in a game, you know something bad is about to happen. ... For every two or three good plays, there are two or three bad plays." (ESPN Insider)
The scout said that Smith is someone who "tries hard" and has all the tools to be a good defenseman but, again, added " if something bad is going to happen it seems to happen to him." (ESPN Insider)
Adam Rotter: The NHL is filled with defensemen like Smith. He's talented, a former first round pick and top prospect that is an NHL player but has not lived up to the potential he brought with him. He's going to have good moments, get back on D with his skating to break up plays, trigger a transition and probably add more offense then he has previously in his career.
He's also going to have moments where he turns the puck over in the neutral zone, turns it over in the Rangers own zone and probably leaves a guy open in front of the net for a goal. Brendan Smith is an average to above average defenseman who skates well and can possibly add some toughness and offense. He won't fix the PP, he won't blast the puck like Shea Weber or have the commanding presence that Zdeno Chara has. The Rangers added a 4/5 type defenseman and will likely ask him to play a bit of a bigger role than that in the same way that they have used Kevin Klein, Nick Holden and Dan Girardi at times. He's a solid addition but he doesn't transform the Rangers, he just makes them a little better than they were before.