Smith dished out a pair of power-play helpers to go with three shots and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Sabres.
Smith got on the scoresheet twice in the first four minutes, with both goals coming off the stick of Pavel Zacha. The rookie defenseman hasn't tickled twine since Jan. 30, but Smith continues to mark the scoresheet frequently via assist, having dished out half as many helpers (19) as games played (38) in his young career.
Smith drew two assists with four PIM and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Philadelphia.
Smith assisted on goals by Michael McLeod and Travis Zajac to help the Devils build a 4-1 lead through 40 minutes. The 20-year-old rearguard upped his season point total to 17, tops among the NHL's rookie defensemen and seven better than his closest competitor, Carolina's Jake Bean. Smith has been an impactful offensive player despite going without a goal since late-January.
Smith dished out two helpers -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Sabres.
Smith assisted on a Miles Wood power-play tally early in the third period and added another apple on Pavel Zacha's overtime winner. The rookie defenseman has provided the Devils with a much-needed offensive jolt from the blue line, racking up 10 points through his first 15 games.
Smith cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Sunday, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.
The Devils have five players remaining on the COVID-19 list. They're scheduled to play Tuesday against the Rangers. Smith was dynamic before the team paused activities, registering eight points over his first nine NHL games.
Smith was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Tuesday, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
The Devils now have 14 players in the league's COVID-19 protocol, including Smith. Their next scheduled game is Feb. 9 against the Penguins, but it wouldn't be surprising if that was pushed off further. The rookie defenseman was off to a hot start with eight points through nine games.
Smith scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Sabres.
The rookie had gone scoreless for two games after his five-game point streak to begin the season was snapped, but he got back in the black Saturday. Smith has looked very good so far, racking up two goals and seven points in his first eight NHL contests, but as yet he hasn't been able to displace Damon Severson on the point for the Devils' top power-play unit. If the 20-year-old continues to produce, though, his role should only grow.
Smith had an assist in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over the Bruins.
Smith's an offensive-minded blueliner who's worth tracking in dynasty formats, but he'll be hard-pressed to gain fantasy relevance in redraft formats at this stage of his career on the low-scoring Devils. He's getting time on the power play and saw the ice in overtime in each of New Jersey's first two games, so the team isn't using training wheels with its 2018 first-round pick.
Smith finished 2019-20 with 59 points in 46 games for WHL Spokane. He was also named to the WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team.
The 2018 No. 17 overall pick by the Devils also racked up an insane plus-49 rating, thanks in large part to often sharing the ice with WHL scoring champion and Wild prospect Adam Beckman (48 goals, 107 points) and center Eli Zummack (86 points). Highlighted by an eight-point (!) outing against Seattle on Feb. 28 and 15 multi-point games overall, Smith upped his production to 1.28 points per game from marks of 1.21, 1.06 and 0.48 in the prior three campaigns. The blueliner technically has another year of WHL eligibility remaining since he doesn't turn 21 until March, but he looks as sure a bet as any to open 2020-21 professionally -- whether it be with AHL Binghamton or New Jersey.
Smith score twice and added an assist in WHL Spokane's 5-2 win over Seattle Sunday.
The Devils surprised many by shipping Smith back for one final season of junior hockey, and the 19-year-old has picked up (six points in three games) right where he left off last year. Smith is primed for another monster season and will be a key cog for Team Canada at the World Juniors this coming holiday season.
Smith was sent to WHL Spokane on Tuesday.
The 2018-19 WHL Defenseman of the Year had a real shot to make the Opening Night roster, but he will head back to junior for more seasoning. Last season, Smith dominated the WHL with 69 points in 57 games, and could be headed for a similar output this campaign.
Smith has been named 2018-19 WHL Defenseman of the Year.
The first WHL player taken in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (17th overall), Smith nearly cracked the New Jersey roster as an 18-year-old. He was the team's final cut in training camp and went back and dominated junior competition to the tune of 69 points in 57 games. The Devils have some quality forwards on their roster (which will almost certainly include Jack Hughes with the first overall selection this coming June), but their defense could charitably be called a work in progress. They need Smith's smarts and puck-moving ability in their opening night lineup this coming fall.
Smith has collected 31 points -- which leads all league defensemen -- through just 20 games with WHL Spokane this season.
On the heels of his 73-point breakout effort last season, the Devils' first-round pick (No. 17 overall) from last summer's draft has been as advertised in his third full WHL campaign. At 5-foot-11 and 177 pounds, Smith is undersized as far as NHL defensemen go, so it'll be interesting to see how the next couple seasons shake out in terms of his physical development and durability -- whether at the junior level or professionally (potentially as early as next spring depending on the Chiefs' playoff prospects).
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