2009-10: Smith has performed admirably in his freshman season with 18 points in 36 games.
2010-11: Had a great breakout season with coveted undrafted seniors Carter Camper and Andy Miele at Miami-Ohio University. Led the nation’s underclassmen in goals (28) and points (54) in 38 games and was seventh overall in the country for points (tied for fourth in goals). His outstanding season on college hockey’s best line earned the Redhawks a CCHA championship and Smith was a first-team all-star in the process.
2011-12: Smith made his NHL debut with Dallas at the end of March after signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Stars following his junior season at Miami University. He skated in three games with that Stars and was minus-three (all in a game against Vancouver) with no points and 2 penalty minutes; averaging 8:24 minutes of ice time. Smith scored a career-high 30 goals in 39 games for Miami and was plus-26 with 18 assists and 22 penalty minutes. He scored 9 goals on the power play and 2 goals short-handed for the Redhawks. Miami finished fourth in the CCHA and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after winning the third place game in the CCHA tournament.
Smith is an agile player who is still lacking the frame necessary to swing with the big trees in the high-traffic areas. As Smith continues to grow and gain muscle, it’s likely that he’ll start to reach his lofty offensive upside. He has very good vision and can skate well – his offensive instincts are top-notch. Smith is a noted finisher with a quick shot. He finds open space aptly. Won’t be a very physical player, nor will he be challenging for a Selke at any point it seems. Potential second line goal-scoring winger, like Petr Sykora.
Will likely see a good share of AHL time, despite burning a year of his ELC by playing in the NHL late in 2011-12.