Smith finished up the 2015-16 season with 25 tallies, 11 helpers, 80 PIM and a plus-16 rating in 81 contests. Smith suffered a brutal wrist injury last season, but came back with a vengeance, setting a career high in three separate categories -- markers, points and his excellent rating. The 28-year-old smelled blood around the crease consistently, which is rather surprising considering his previous milestone was just 14 goals. It'll be tough to replicate his best campaign as a pro, but as long as he sticks on the first line (or even the top six), the chances will remain aplenty.
Smith scored twice Saturday in Ottawa's 6-1 win over Boston. Smith's season was flat-out amazing -- those two goals pushed him to 25 on the season, a total that's 11 more than his previous high (14). However, Smith is unlikely to repeat these totals again -- 2015-16 was pretty much lightning in a bottle for him.
Smith scored his 22nd goal on his only shot in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Jets. Smith is a prime candidate for regression next season, as his 22 goals are the product of a ridiculous 19.1 percent shooting percentage which is double his career mark. The 27-year-old hasn't exceeded 14 goals in any of his prior NHL seasons and has just 11 helpers, so enjoy the rest of his luck-fueled scoring spree while it lasts.
Smith was nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy by the Ottawa chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association. The award is presented to the NHL player that exhibits perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game. Smith has come back from last season's wrist injury with authority, notching 21 goals and 11 helpers on the year -- easily his best campaign as a pro. The 27-year-old also accumulated a career-high eight-game point streak, which was icing on the cake for fantasy owners down the stretch. If Smith is awarded the trophy, it would be well deserved for the 2008 third-round pick.
Smith dished out a helper and two hits in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Ducks. Smith has come back down to earth after his eight-game point streak, reaching the scoresheet in just two of the last six. The 27-year-old hasn't been shy, however, firing on net 15 times in that span -- although no goals to show for it. Don't give up on the winger just yet, as the opportunity is still there on the first line.
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