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October 7, 2020 10:36 AM
Lightning's Gemel Smith: Secures one-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith penned a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Smith started the 2019-20 season on the 23-man roster, making three appearances at the start of the year before being dropped to the minors. In the AHL, the 26-year-old center racked up 22 goals and 18 helpers in 50 games, his second straight 40-point season in the minors. If the Lightning are forced to move Tyler Johnson for cap reasons, it could create a spot for Smith to feature more heavily for the team next year.

October 9, 2019 11:44 AM
Lightning's Gemel Smith: Sent to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith has cleared waivers and was moved to AHL Syracuse on Tuesday, Chris Johnston of Hockey Night in Canada reports.

Smith recorded his first goal with the Lightning in Sunday's game against the Panthers, tallying a goal in just 9:53 of ice time. He could resurface in the NHL at a later date, but he'll serve as organizational depth at this point.

October 5, 2019 10:12 PM
Lightning's Gemel Smith: First goal as Bolt
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored his first goal as a member of the Lightning in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Panthers.

Smith is a lower-line plug-in with just 20 points in 81 previous NHL games. That's since 2016-17. Nice night for the guy, but Smith is likely going to rotate in and out of the lineup depending on opponent.

July 8, 2019 11:36 AM
Lightning's Gemel Smith: Gets two-way deal from Tampa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith agreed Sunday with the Lightning on a one-year, two-way contract, reports.

The deal is worth $700,000 at the NHL level. Smith spent the 2018-19 campaign in the Stars and Bruins organizations, appearing in three NHL contests and 47 AHL games, tallying 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) during his time in the minors.

June 26, 2019 01:28 PM
Gemel Smith: Set to hit free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bruins did not extend a qualifying offer to Smith, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.

Smith did not score a point in three games with the Bruins after being claimed off waivers from the Stars. He did, however, post respectable numbers at the AHL level, logging 16 goals and 40 points in 47 games with Providence. The 25-year-old has 80 NHL games under his belt and figures to catch on elsewhere as a depth forward.

December 18, 2018 12:36 PM
Bruins' Gemel Smith: Hits waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bruins waived Smith on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Smith has been a healthy scratch for Boston's last three contests, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. The former Star will undoubtedly be assigned to AHL Providence if he goes unclaimed.

December 6, 2018 03:20 PM
Bruins' Gemel Smith: Snatched off waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was claimed off waivers by the Bruins from the Stars on Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Smith will provide some additional forward depth for the time being, but could find himself back on waivers once Patrice Bergeron (ribs) is cleared to return. For now, the 24-year-old Smith figures to spend the bulk of his time in the press box, although he could get the occasional game.

December 6, 2018 03:20 PM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Lands on waiver wire
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was designated for waivers by the Stars on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

In order to create room on the roster for Martin Hanzal (back), the team needed to make a corresponding move and it appears Smith was the odd man out. If the winger goes unclaimed, he will be reassigned to AHL Texas, but should top the short list of potential call-ups the rest of the season.

October 28, 2018 08:09 PM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Scores in road loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith found the back of the net in Sunday's 4-2 road loss to the Red Wings.

Smith opened the scoring with a nice snapshot that beat Jonathan Bernier. This was only the third game of the season for Smith, as he'd watched seven others from the press box.

August 3, 2018 02:04 PM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Earns one-year deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was awarded a one-year, $720,000 contract in arbitration Friday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.

Smith's one-year contract is also a one-way deal, which means he could be with the big club for most of the 2018-19 campaign. Nonetheless, the 2012 fourth-round pick is a fourth-line grinder without much offensive upside, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radar.

July 27, 2018 12:56 PM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Clears waivers before arbitration hearing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith cleared waivers ahead of next Wednesday's scheduled arbitration hearing with the Stars, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.

Smith's agent seems to be playing hardball in negotiating a new contract for the center who has only appeared in 63 career NHL contests. The 2012 fourth-round (104th overall) draft pick has a mere nine goals and eight assists to his name, but those numbers look a bit better when you consider that he's only averaged 10:33 of ice time. Still, the Stars made a shrewd move by waiving Smith, likely knowing he wouldn't be claimed. Since it did unfold as the team had hoped, that undoubtedly gives the Stars more evidence to justify paying him at a lesser rate. Calgary's Brett Kulak went through a similar situation before an arbiter "awarded" him a one-year, $900,000 deal Wednesday.

July 6, 2018 12:32 PM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Opting for arbitration
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith filed for salary arbitration Thursday, per

The arbitration hearings reportedly will take place in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4. Smith -- who recorded six goals, five assists and a plus-5 rating last year -- made $650,000/$75,000 over one year on his most recent two-way contract with the Stars.

June 26, 2018 02:12 PM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Pieces in place for contract extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was tendered a qualifying offer from the Stars on Monday.

Smith is on the verge of becoming a full-time player in the NHL. Last season, he dialed up six goals and five assists over 46 games -- an output that didn't create a stir in the fantasy realm but was one that would project well over a larger body of work. After all, the 2012 fourth-rounder only averaged 9:26 of ice time in 2017-18.

April 23, 2018 08:00 PM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Collects 11 points in limited role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored six goals and had five assists in 2017-18, despite just playing in 46 games and averaging 9:25 of ice time.

Throughout the season Smith was always in rotation between the press box and ice, but was still able to produce some scoring stretches, including notching three points in three games twice. The 24-year-old also set a new career best in points in his second season contributing in the NHL, and while he was able to go plus-five on the season, he was a little lucky in the goal department -- he finished with a shooting percentage of 14, quite above the usual average of nine or 10. Smith also skated in each of the last five games and seems to be in a position where he can earn a full time role out of training camp, but as he's a restricted free agent, he could find a new home for 2018-19.

February 19, 2018 10:04 AM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Converting at impressive clip
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith found twine in Sunday's 5-2 road loss to the Sharks.

Smith is starting the majority of his even-strength shifts in the defensive zone -- 53.3 percent, to be exact -- so we wouldn't expect him to get a ton of chances in the attacking zone. However, he does have five goals by virtue of posting an impressive 16.7 shooting percentage through 33 games, so not all is lost for the second-year pivot.

January 5, 2018 01:48 PM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Bounced from lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith served as a healthy scratch versus New Jersey on Thursday.

With Martin Hanzal (undisclosed) returning to the lineup, Smith found himself relegated to the press box. The winger should probably get used to periodically being scratched and seeing limited minutes when he does suit up; he is averaging 9:48 of ice time for the season. In fact, if the youngster spends too many games as an observer, the club could opt to send him down to the minors in order to get him some playing time.

November 30, 2017 06:05 PM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Productive in limited role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith contributed an assist, two PIM, three shots and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's win over Vegas.

Smith has points in back-to-back games, but since being removed from his short stint in the top six, he's seen limited opportunities. He's cracked 11 minutes of ice time just twice in the last five games and isn't seeing power-play time.

November 5, 2017 12:04 AM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Records multi-point outing Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith finished with two helpers in Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Sabres.

The depth forward has two points in five games this season, and may find more consistent ice time with the injuries to Radek Faksa (lower body) and Tyler Pitlick (lower body), but has yet to carve out any significant fantasy value despite Saturday's impressive stat line.

October 17, 2017 01:01 AM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Hasn't returned to lineup since opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith made the Opening Night lineup but hasn't suited up since.

There wasn't an impression that Smith would have a big fantasy impact this season, and his inability to maintain a roster spot confirms his irrelevance -- at least for now.

July 14, 2017 04:08 PM
Stars' Gemel Smith: Commands one-year, two-way extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was re-signed by the Stars on Tuesday to a one-year, two-way contract extension.

Developing players shoot for one-way contracts for the obvious increases in pay and stability at the highest level, but Smith's two-way deal will make it easy for the Stars to teeter him between the organization's ranks. The Ontario native posted a career-high 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 53 games with AHL Texas last season, and he produced rather efficiently with the parent club, notching .35 points per game over 17 NHL appearances -- and just 13:35 of ice time.

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