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. Smith was chosen in the second round, 34th overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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.
2012-13: Smith played for Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield in his first pro season. He skated in 67 games for the Falcons, leading the team with 128 penalty minutes, and scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +4. Springfield finished first in the Northeast Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Smith played one playoff game and was -1 with 12 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Smith began his second pro season with Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield and was traded along with Jonathan Marchessault to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Matt Taormina and Dana Tyrell in March 2014; finishing the year with Lightning AHL affiliate Syracuse. In 69 regular season games between the two teams he scored 6 goals with 6 assists and was -16 with 150 penalty minutes. The Crunch finished fifth in the East Division, missing the AHL playoffs.
2014-15: Smith skated in 62 regular season games for Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Syracuse in his first full season with the Crunch. He scored 11 goals with 6 assists and was -13 with 79 penalty minutes. Syracuse, moved to the Northeast Division, finished second behind Hartford and was swept by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a best-of-five first round playoff series. Smith played in 2 of 3 playoff games and had an even plus/minus with no points and 4 penalty minutes.
Smith, the son of former Philadelphia Flyers forward Derrick Smith, is a tough guy who can throw a statement hit or drop the gloves to stand up for a teammate. He has improved his skating during his pro career and can score goals occasionally but he does not turn heads with his speed nor offensive skills.
Smith provided secondary scoring and some physical play for Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Syracuse in 2014-15 in the third year of his original entry-level contract. He will become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by the Lightning by July 2015. Long-term Smith's progress to this point and his combative game suggests he may one day fill a lower line role for an NHL club. He does not appear to be close to that potential at this stage and may never become the player envisioned when he was the 34th player taken in the 2010 NHL Draft.