Smith missed the last four games of the year with a shoulder injury that isn't expected to impact his offseason training, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Smith put together a solid 2020-21 campaign that saw him lead all rookie defensemen in scoring with 23 points in 48 contests. The 21-year-old blueliner was given plenty of opportunities this year, as he logged over 20 minutes of ice time per game, including 2:33 average with the man advantage. With a full season in 2021-22, Smith could challenge for the 40-point threshold, making him a solid fantasy target even with the rebuilding Devils.
Smith (upper body) will miss Monday's season finale against the Flyers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Smith's rookie season was cut a few games short by the upper-body injury, but he nonetheless managed to post an impressive 23 points in 48 games. The 2018 first-round pick should be fully healthy by the start of next season and will look to build on this successful rookie campaign.
Smith (upper body) won't be available Tuesday against the Bruins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Smith evidently aggravated the upper-body injury he was dealing with in late April during Monday's loss to the Bruins, so at this point it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss the rest of the season. If that ends up being the case, he'll finish the campaign having racked up 23 points in 48 games as a 21-year-old rookie.
Smith (upper body) collected two assists and two blocks in a 6-4 win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
Smith was back after missing the previous four games and immediately chipped in offensively, assisting on Pavel Zacha's power-play goal in the second period and Connor Carrick's tying tally midway through the third. The 21-year-old Smith busted out of his six-game point skid with his performance and now has two goals and 21 assists in 45 games on the year.
Smith (upper body) is on the ice for pregame warmups and will play Tuesday against visiting Philadelphia, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
The rookie rearguard has missed the last four games due to injury, but it appears he's good to go after being labeled a game-time decision Tuesday morning. Despite having just two points in his last 11 contests, Smith is still sitting at 21 points in 44 games this year -- which is quite a healthy ledger for a 21-year-old blueliner on one of the league's worst teams.
Smith (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with Philadelphia, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Smith has missed New Jersey's last four games with an upper-body injury, but he was on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate, which was the first indication he may be ready to return versus the Flyers. Confirmation on the rookie blueliner's status should surface prior to puck drop.
Smith (upper body) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Flyers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Smith will miss a fourth straight game. Head coach Lindy Ruff said Sunday that Smith isn't progressing as fast as the team hoped, so his chances of returning for Tuesday's game versus the Flyers are uncertain. Connor Carrick is expected to stay in the lineup until Smith returns.
Coach Lindy Ruff is "no longer as hopeful" that Smith (upper body) will be ready for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh or Sunday's matchup with Philadelphia, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Ruff was initially hoping to have Smith back for one of New Jersey's next two contests, but it sounds like the blueliner will be held out until Tuesday's game versus the Flyers at a minimum. Will Butcher will likely continue to hold onto a spot in the Devils' lineup until Smith is ready to return.
Coach Lindy Ruff is hopeful Smith (upper body) will be ready to return this weekend, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Smith will miss a second straight game Thursday against Pittsburgh, but he could be ready to return Saturday versus the Penguins or Sunday against Philadelphia. The 21-year-old rookie has tallied 21 points in 44 games this season.
Smith (upper body) won't play Tuesday against the Penguins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
With Smith on the shelf, Will Butcher is expected to return to New Jersey's lineup for Tuesday's contest. Smith, who's picked up 21 points in 44 games this season, will be reevaluated ahead of Thursday's rematch with Pittsburgh.
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.
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