24-Year-Old Goalie – Columbus Blue Jackets
Jeremy Smith Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Columbus in July of 2013.
Smith was placed on waivers Saturday, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Smith played 42 games for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL last season, posting a 23-15-2 record, along with a 2.63 GAA and 0.899 save percentage. He will need much more seasoning in the AHL before he even gets a sniff of action at the NHL level. He's currently behind Pekka Rinne, Mark Dekanich and Chet Pickard on the Preds goaltending depth chart, and therefore has no real fantasy value at this time.
Smith was Nashville's 2nd round selection in the 2007 NHL entry draft. He failed to meet expectations between the pipes at Plymouth last season, posting a 23-13 record with a 2.86 GAA. Smith did have a good showing at the 2008 World Junior Championships, so there is hope that he can continue to develop his skills. He will be one of the most-watched goalie prospects in the Preds farm system this season.
Smith was Nashville's 2nd round selection in the 2007 NHL entry draft. He collected a 23-6-1 record last season at Plymouth of the OHL. Smith's 2.59 GAA and .923 save percentage underscore the fact that he was the top rated prospect goalie in North America in 2007. Smith will continue to develop his skills in the minor leagues this season.
Smith was the top-ranked goalie by Central Scouting for this year's draft and despite his diminutive status (5-11 and 160 pounds), he is a solid player. Like all butterfly specialists, he's very hard to beat low. But unlike most, he can actually already control rebounds well. He has trouble tracking pucks in traffic, probably because of his size, so he'll need to work extra hard to overcome that. And he does need to work on challenging the shooter, but that will come in good time. He's a good depth netminder for the Preds; time will tell if he can be a fantasy player, though.