2010-11: Hunter Smith played for the Windsor Junior Spitfires midget minor AAA team. In 30 regular season games he scored 15 goals with 15 assists and 64 penalty minutes. He scored 8 goals with 18 penalty minuets in nine playoff games. Smith was selected by the Windsor Spitfires in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.
2011-12: Smith appeared in 15 regular season games and two playoff contests with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires and played for the junior A LaSalle Vipers in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. He scored 1 goal and was -6 with 19 penalty minutes with the Spitfires during the regular season and had no points or penalties in the playoffs. Smith scored 5 goals with 9 assists and had 109 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Vipers.
2012-13: Obtained by Oshawa in a trade with Windsor just before the start of the season, Smith skated in 33 games, including three playoff games, in his first season with the Generals. He had one assist and was -5 with 22 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games. The Generals finished second in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Smith had no points or penalties in the playoffs.
2013-14: Smith moved into a prominent role for Oshawa in his second season with the Generals and was a force in the OHL playoffs. In 64 regular season games he scored 16 goals with 24 assists and was +11 with 100 penalty minutes as Oshawa finished first in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals against Barrie. Smith scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +2 with 25 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. In his second year of draft eligibility, Smith was ranked 39th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Calgary in the second round (54th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Smith attended his first training camp with the Flames before returning to Oshawa and was an assistant captain for the OHL and Memorial Cup champion Generals. He scored 23 goals with 26 assists and was +21 while leading Oshawa with 122 penalty minutes in 57 regular season games. The Generals finished first in the East Division, defeating Western Conference champion Erie in the OHL finals. Smith scored 9 goals with 9 assists and was +7 with 38 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. He scored 1 goal and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes in four Memorial Cup games. Oshawa defeated WHL champion Kelowna, 2-1 in overtime, in the Memorial Cup final. Smith signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Flames in July 2015.
Smith is a huge player who had a breakout season at the junior level in his second OHL season and was selected in the second round in 2014 after passing through the 2013 NHL Draft without being selected. Dominant against juniors due in part to his size advantage, he displays an edge to his game. No doubt benefitting from playing on a team with NHL prospects Cole Cassels (Van) and Michael Dal Colle (NYI), Smith's offensive output at the pro level may not match his OHL numbers. His combativeness suggests he can be a valuable two-way player. Smith's skating will likely be an issue as he progresses but his pass receiving and shooting skills are uncommon for a player of his size. He is a capable fighter when challenged.
Smith will attend his second training camp with the Flames in 2015-16 after signing an entry-level contact with Calgary over the summer. Still young enough to return to the OHL for an overage season, barring injuries or surprises he will likely begin the year with Calgary AHL affiliate Stockton. The Thunder are one of five California-based teams that make up the Pacific Division, making it easier for Western Conference teams to keep tabs on their player and access them for call-ups if necessary. Smith dominated at times in the OHL due to his stature and determination. While he may not have the same offensive numbers at the pro level against bigger and more skilled players he projects as a valuable two-way forward at the NHL level.