2008-09: Reilly Smith was chosen in the third round, 69th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars.
2009-10: Smith has performed admirably in his freshman season with 18 points in 36 games.
2010-11: Smith 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.
2012-13: Smith played in 37 of 48 games for Dallas in his first pro season — shuttling between the Stars and their AHL affiliate Texas in the last month of the season. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes; averaging 11 minutes of ice time with Dallas. In 45 AHL regular season games he scored 14 goals with 21 assists and was +13 with 20 penalty minutes. Texas finished first in the South Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Smith had 4 assists and was -3 in seven AHL playoff games. Smith was obtained by Boston as part of the multi-player trade involving Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson in July, 2013.
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.
Smith should compete with several other Bruins players and prospects for a spot on the big club at training camp. If not he could be used as a top option for the Providence Bruins at the AHL level.