While Smith has, seemingly, come out of nowhere, he certainly has a lot of talent. Signed as a free agent, he spent time last season with both the Sound Tigers and the University of New Hampshire. In eight games with the Sound Tigers, Smith had one goal, two assists for three points and two penalty minutes. In 38 games with the UNH, Smith had 21 goals, 22 assists for 43 points and 39 penalty minutes.
2005-06: At the University of New Hampshire, Smith ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 20 points (10+10).
2006-07: Smith scored a career-high 43 points (21+22) in his final season with the University of New Hampshire, averaging over a point a game (1.10). He helped UNH win its sixth regular season title and finished with 63 career points in only two seasons with the club. He was an All Hockey East First team selection and a Second team All-American. He was also named to the New England All-Star team and, after being signed by the Islanders, played in eight games with Bridgeport Sound (AHL) where he recorded three points (1+2). He scored his first professional goal on Apr. 7 against Albany.
2007-08: Smith started the season with Bridgeport Sound (AHL) before spending time with Utah (ECHL), scoring 25 points in just 22 games. He was selected to represent Utah at the ECHL All-Star game but wasn’t able to play due to his recall to Bridgeport where he finished the season. He was awarded AHL Rookie of the Month honors for February after scoring 15 points in 13 games. He reached the 20-goal mark in his rookie season.
Smith is gifted with a great set of hands and terrific hockey sense. Based on his offensive production last season at the UNH, the Islanders see him as having great potential. While his speed is average, he's quick to get a shot off. The Islanders scouts are particularly excited about his tenacity in going after the puck. It seems that wherever the puck is, Smith is there chasing after it.