Smith extended his current pointless drought to nine games with yet another goose egg Sunday against the Blue Jackets.
What's worse, Smith has just two points in his last 18 games, which is surely causing fantasy owners to pull their collective hair out. Given his current pace, Smith will be lucky to hit the 25-point mark this season, which would be his worst full-season output of his career so far. Plant him firmly on your fantasy bench until he can figure out a way to right the ship.
Smith scored twice in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets.
Both of Smith's tallies came in the third period. This performance broke an eight-game goal drought, and Smith still doesn't have an assist in his past 12 appearances dating back to Dec. 30. He did score over 20 goals in each of the past three seasons, so the offensive potential is still there despite the lack of production so far in this campaign.
Smith scored one goal and registered three shots on net through 15:51 of ice time during Friday's loss to Florida.
With three consecutive 20-goal showings on his resume, Smith's seven tallies and 14 points through the first 38 games of the campaign are disappointing totals. More concerning is the significant drop in shot volume this season. After averaging 2.74 shots per game through the past three years, Smith has registered just 1.76 in 2016-17. Additionally, Smith entered Friday's game averaging only 13:58 of ice (1:37 of power-play time) per night, which also represents a drop. Smith is off the fantasy radar in most settings at this point of the season, but if he begins receiving more ice time, he has the potential to finish the year strong.
The downward slide continues for Smith, who has seen his point production decrease every year since his career-high 52 back in 2013-14. Oddly enough, the 27-year-old should be in the prime scoring years of his career, but he just can't seem to show any real consistency. At this point, he's best utilized only in deeper fantasy formats.
Smith recorded an assist for the second consecutive game during Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Flyers.
While it's nice to see Smitty showing some consistency, the fact remains he still only has 10 points in 23 games, which puts him on pace for a 40-point season at best. If that's what you had in mind when you drafted him, you won't be disappointed.