Ben Smith
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Ben Smith

Hometown:

Avon Connecticut

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-07-11

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

6th round (169th overall), 2008

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2006-07: When Brian Boyle (LA) moved back to play defense this season, no Eagles player took more advantage of the situation than Ben Smith. As he earned his way up to the top line, his team reaped the benefits. The Avon, CT native led Boston College in rookie scoring with 18 points (ten goals, eight assists) playing in all 42 games this season. Of his ten goals, six came on the power play. Smith's excellent season earned him Boston College's Bernie Burke Award as the Most Outstanding Freshman.

2007-08: Smith made significant progress during his sophomore season at Boston College, as he went from being a fourth-line forward to a top-line center. Not only did he play alongside Hobey Baker Award finalist Nathan Gerbe, but his 25 goals and 50 points were second and third on the team, respectively. Smith was named to Hockey East’s All-Academic Team for the second year in a row and shared the James E. Tiernan Award with Pat Gannon as one of the team’s most improved players.

2008-09: Smith's production dropped during his junior season as Boston College struggled as a team. He scored just 6 goals and 11 assists for 17 points in 37 games.

2009-10: In his senior season at BC, Smith helped lead the Eagles to a National Championship with 16 goals, 21 assists for 37 points in 42 games. He was named the Frozen Four MVP after scoring 3 goals and 1 assist in the final two victories of the season. He joined the AHL's Rockford IceHogs at the end of the year, skating in 3 playoff games with 1 goal.

2010-11: Smith earned Rockford's Rookie of the Year Award with 19 goals, 12 assists for 31 points in 63 games. He was called up to Chicago and played in six regular season games with 1 goal. It was in the playoffs for Chicago where Smith began to make a name for himself, registering 3 goals during the team's 7-game series loss to Vancouver. He scored the overtime game-winner on Roberto Luongo in game six to help the Blackhawks extend the series to seven games.

2011-12: Despite his playoff heroics the previous spring, Smith shuffled between Chicago and Rockford in a season that was cut short by season-ending hip surgery in March. In 13 games with the Blackhawks he was minus-five and scored 2 goals. Smith was a consistent scorer for the IceHogs during his AHL time with Rockford, finishing with 15 goals and 16 assists in 38 games. He finished plus-two for Rockford with 10 penalty minutes. Smith was re-signed to a two-year contract by the Blackhawks in June 2012.

 

Talent Analysis

Smith is a versatile forward that can play well in any situation, at any forward position, and throughout the lineup. His hockey sense and work ethic may be his strongest attributes. He plays close attention to his defensive responsibilities and is rarely found out of position. Offensively, he has a nose for the net and is willing to crash the crease for a goal. Smith's tendency to outwork his opponents has endeared the winger to many fans while, off the ice, his personality and charity work have also earned him praise.

 

Future

Smith will look to get back into the Blackhawks lineup at some point during the 2012-13 season, but how soon that happens could have a lot to do with his recovery from the hip and hernia injuries that shortened his 2011-12 season. Although he is expected to be healthy in time for training camp, Smith will probably open the season in Rockford to get back into the swing of things. Smith re-signed with Chicago for two years, the first of which is a two-way contract while the second season is a one-way deal.

 

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