24-Year-Old Right Wing – Florida Panthers
Reilly Smith Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $6.85 million contract extension with the Bruins in March 2015. Traded to the Panthers in July 2015.
Smith opened the scoring Tuesday against Buffalo, added an assist, then sealed the deal with an empty-netter in a 7-4 win.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Acquired by the Bruins in the Tyler Seguin deal last summer, Smith was one of the team's most pleasant surprises in 2013-14, displaying good stick skills and speed, while mostly working on the team's balanced second line, along with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. In the process, Smith racked up 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games, to go along with a plus-28 rating. While he wonít provide the unexpected fantasy value that he did last season, Smith should maintain utility in 2014-15, given that he remains on track to see duty on one of the Bís top lines, as well as the teamsí power play.
Smith appeared in 37 games with Dallas last season, recording three goals and nine points in that span. He also saw action in 45 games for the AHL Texas Stars 2012-13, recording 14 goals and 35 points. Heíll compete with a slew of others for a third or fourth line wing slot, though heís a player to watch in training camp, given his notable offensive instincts.
Smith completed a solid NCAA career last year, netting 30 goals in his final season at Miami (Ohio). He's expected to begin the year with the Texas Stars (AHL) with Dallas' addition to Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr over the summer, as the Stars would prefer for him to skate 20 minutes a night instead of six to eight as a third- or fourth-line option in Dallas.
Smith exploded for 28 goals and 26 assists in 39 games for Miami (Ohio) in his sophomore season after a 8-12-20 effort the year prior. He projects as a potential second-line scoring option if he continues to develop physically.
Smith will enter his second season with Miami (Ohio) after a successful junior career. He played well as a freshman (20 points in 44 games) and projects as a possible second line winger at the NHL level.