Evan Smith

Hometown:

Parker Colorado

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-02-27

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-6

Acquired:

7th round (205th overall), 2015

Weight:

174 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Evan Smith played for the Pikes Peak Miners U16 team in Colorado. In 16 games he was 7-8-0 with 1 shutout and had a 3.02 goals against and .897 save percentage. 

2013-14: Smith moved up to the Pikes Peak Miners U18 team in the North America Prospect Hockey League. Sharing the goaltending duties with 18-year-old Dalton Behm, he was 7-4-2 with 1 shutout in 13 regular season games and had a 1.95 goals against and .921 save percentage. Smith was 0-2 with a 3.38 goals against and .916 save percentage in three playoff games. 

2014-15: Smith began the season with the WHL’s Victoria Royals — appearing in four games and making one start before suffering a knee injury — and joined the North American Hockey League’s Austin Bruins in December after recuperating from the knee injury and a broken finger. He was 1-1 with a 4.20 goals against and .864 save percentage in four games with the Royals. Signed by the Bruins after goalie Zach Driscoll joined by the USHL’s Omaha Lancers, Smith split the goaltending duties for Austin with Jake Kielly. He was 12-1-2 with 1 shutout and had a 1.73 goals against and .923 save percentage in 15 regular season games. The Bruins finished first in the Central Division and reached the Robertson Cup finals against the Minnesota Wilderness. Smith was 4-1 with a 2.10 goals against and .914 save percentage in six playoff games. Ranked 23rd amongst North American goaltenders in the Central Scouting final rankings, he was selected by Nashville in the seventh round (205th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Smith is a tall goalie who uses his size to advantage. Wearing the yellow home jersey of the Austin Bruins he bore a visual resemblance to current Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, particularly when he was down in the crease. Obviously, Smith has a long way to go to reach that type of consistency and will have to add strength and bulk to compete at the NHL level one day. Not uncommon for a young player of his size, his agility and dexterity must continue to improve. Smith is still fairly early in the development process. More will be known about his long-term potential once he plays a full season and has a heavy workload.

Future

Smith attended training camp with Victoria to compete for a spot with the WHL's Royals. With 20-year-old Coleman Vollrath, the starter the past two seasons, back for Victoria he was loaned to the USHL's Sioux Falls Musketeers. He is currently backing up 20-year-old Harvard University recruit Cameron Gornet with the Musketeers. Long-term Smith's size and physical tools suggest he can one-day be an effective NHL goalie. At this point he is several years from reaching that potential.

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