From where I sit it looks like the QMJHL has a great playoff series on their hands. The Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada ended game 4 with a huge brawl.
For starters I loved it! It's great to see some passion from both teams. Out of that 12 players were suspended, including all 4 goalies! That seems a bit excessive. Everyone was involved, so why those ones, the goalies in particular? Sure, the league wanted to send a message, but what is this going to accomplish? It's impacting the quality of the game. It feels like an over reaction to a very rare situation. This isn't the 1970's...this isn't Slapshot....even line-brawls are rare. So I can't be convinced these suspensions are a major deterrent. Yes, suspensions were warranted, but a dozen players feels more like a firing squad using shotguns.
Smith looked like an idiot for showing up for the 1st round and just sitting. The arrogance of that was staggering. Just as staggering was the look of pure defeat when it became fully apparent he wasn't going anywhere. I did feel bad for the guy. It's an awful feeling not getting picked. That doesn't preclude the fact Smith had no guarantees of being drafted. He decided to show up anyway and ended up looking like a clown. In spite of all that he did get picked and will make millions of dollars. With a bonus of getting drafted by the Jets, Smith should fit right in with the rest of the circus.
At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.