2008-09: In his OHL rookie season, Dalton Smith played in 17 games for the Ottawa 67's. He scored 2 goals and added 5 assists for 7 points. In 7 playoff games, Smith did not register a point.
2009-10: In his second season with the 67's, Smith scored 21 goals and added 23 assists for 44 points in 62 games. He gained a reputation as a fighter, picking up 129 penalty minutes to go along with a +20 rating. In 12 playoff games, Smith scored 3 goals and picked up 3 assists for 6 points.
2010-11: Smith signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Columbus in August 2011 before returning to the Ottawa 67's for his second full season in the OHL. With several high profile scorers in the lineup, Smith provided the abrasiveness for Ottawa with limited offensive output until the OHL playoffs. In 64 regular season games for Ottawa, which finished first in the East division, Smith led the team with 124 PMs and scored 12 goals and 17 assists with a +9 plus/minus. In the wild, high-scoring four-game playoff series with Sudbury he had 2 goals with 2 assists and had an even plus/minus with 12 PMs. Ottawa lost two of the four games in overtime while being swept by the Wolves.
2011-12: In his final season in the OHL, Smith put up 25 points (15 goals and ten assists) with the Ottawa 67’s. In the playoffs he was just as irrelevant with four goals and four assists in 18 playoff games. He racked up 67 penalty minutes, which shows maturity because it is the first time since playing 17 games his first year that he has had under 100 penalty minutes.
Smith is a tough player, the kind of guy who is going to stand up for his teammates. That being said, he has plenty areas of his game that need improvement starting with his skating. In development camp he looked faster, but he is still noticeably one of the slower guys on the ice. His discipline has been getting better, but fact of the matter is that he’s on the ice because he’s gritty.
Smith wasn’t the most talented guy on Ottawa’s roster, but he found a way to get his name on the lineup card. The real test will come this year in the tougher AHL, where he will most likely be spending the next few seasons. He has the potential to break into the NHL and his grittiness should eventually earn him a bottom six spot.