Mike Smith

Mike Smith

39-Year-Old GoalieG
Edmonton Oilers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The stunning ineffectiveness of Mikko Koskinen allowed Smith to seize the No. 1 job in his second year with the Oilers in 2020-21 and the veteran netminder ran with the opportunity. Smith's 2.31 GAA and .923 save percentage were both his best marks since the 2011-12 season with the Coyotes. Edmonton thought enough of Smith's play to sign him to a new two-year, $4.4 pact this past summer. The main cause for concern here is the fact Smith is 39 years old and really struggled the last few seasons prior to his arrival in Edmonton. Smith is probably going to play less than your standard starting goaltender due to his age and that makes him a mid-to-late round fantasy option as opposed to an early-round guy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.4 million contract with the Oilers in July of 2021.
Takes down provincial rivals
GEdmonton Oilers
October 16, 2021
Smith stopped 45 of 47 shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
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While it's concerning that Smith has faced 85 shots through two games, he's been up to the task in winning both contests. As long as the 39-year-old plays well, he'll get the bulk of the starts over Mikko Koskinen. It helps that Smith has received decent goal support so far. The Oilers are back in action Tuesday against the Ducks, which is a favorable matchup for Smith if he receives the start.
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Smith posted a 19-12-6 record, a 2.95 GAA and a .902 save percentage in 39 appearances in 2019-20. While he split time evenly with Mikko Koskinen, Smith was clearly the second-best option in goal for the Oilers. Smith secured a one-year contract to return to a similar platoon role in 2020-21, but it's unlikely he'll improve on his numbers much at 38 years old. Fantasy managers in deeper formats will probably need to call Smith's name at some point on draft day, but he'll be little more than an insurance policy for those who pick Koskinen in shallower leagues.
Smith played hot potato with David Rittich for the starting job in Calgary last season. The veteran netminder struggled early in the year, but finished strong, ending the campaign with a 23-16-2 record, a 2.73 GAA and a .898 save percentage in 42 games (40 starts). The big question for Smith ahead of the upcoming campaign is whether he'll be able to play like he did down the stretch last season, or if more struggles are ahead as he joins the Oilers on a one-year contract. Smith will likely serve as Edmonton's "1B" in 2019-20, as he boasts the ability to go on major hot streaks, which could lead to him making a number of starts in quick succession on several occasions throughout the campaign. Fantasy owners can expect Smith to make 25-to-30 appearances while fulfilling the veteran backup role behind Mikko Koskinen in 2019-20.
In his first season with the Flames, Smith was able to put together a solid display despite dealing with various injuries throughout the year. The 6-foot-4 netminder amassed a 25-22-6 record in 55 starts, recording a 2.65 GAA and .916 save percentage in the process. Now 36 years old, he also posted three shutouts, and while assists are almost never tabulated for goalies in fantasy scoring, the veteran did pick up two apples as an interesting side note. Unfortunately, Smith wore down, missing nearly half of his team's games after January 1. Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, the veteran puck plugger can ill-afford to let up or else the market for his services will shrink considerably. The Flames are one of those “wild-card teams,” meaning it's difficult to pinpoint exactly where they'll end up when all is said and done. Regardless, Smith profiles as a solid No. 2 goalie in standard fantasy formats.
Smith owns the coveted 6-foot-4 frame teams covet, and his excellent puck-handling skills should be a perfect fit with Calgary's high-end defense corps. The move to the Flames should also prove to be a much better fantasy setup for the veteran. After all, the Coyotes allowed the most high-danger scoring chances at five-on-five in the league last year. Smith has posted a middling .915 save percentage and 2.82 GAA through 87 games over the past two seasons, but league-average goaltending shouldn't be scoffed at in any fantasy circle. Additionally, he's clearly ahead of Eddie Lack in the pecking order, and Smith should receive a hefty workload of approximately 55 starts.
Smith enters the 2016-17 season as the Coyotes' starter by default, but don’t count out the young Louis Domingue, who could push for a larger role over the aging netminder. After missing most of last year’s campaign with a lower-body ailment, the 34-year-old returned with a surprisingly decent performance, notching a 15-13-2 record to go along with a .916 save percentage and 2.63 GAA. While those aren’t top-notch starter numbers, they're huge improvements on the prior season, and Smith comes into this year with an improved blue line. The veteran will naturally lose a few opportunities to Domingue, but if the Coyotes' blue line is up to the task and the young forwards continue developing, Smith could be surprisingly valuable this season.
Smith posted his second consecutive mediocre season in 2014-15, churning out a 3.04 GAA and .904 save percentage, while losing a career-worst and NHL-leading 42 games. The 33-year-old wasn't helped by playing behind a weak defense that caused him to face the fourth-most shots in the league (1,955), but even after adjusting his save percentage for even-strength situations, his .912 mark ranked among the worst in the NHL. The Coyotes are stuck with Smith through the team's rebuilding process, as the veteran goalie's contract -- which pays him $6 million for 2015-16 and lasts through the end of the 2017-18 season -- is almost unmovable. As the Coyotes ice several prospects and other inexperienced players this season, Smith is probably in for another tough year. He'll still likely finish near the top of the league in games played, but might yield a few more starts to backup Anders Lindback than he has in previous campaigns.
It was a tale of two seasons for Smith, who was, quite frankly, pretty ordinary until Feb. 1 . He turned a corner thereafter, putting up a dominant stretch of 17 starts in which he posted a .933 save percentage before his season ended with an MCL sprain. Smith is healthy heading into this season and remains Arizona's clear No. 1 goaltender. Even so, the 32-year-old has just one above-average season (2011-12) as a starter on his resume, and is not likely to trend up into the elite group of NHL goalies. What he does have working for him is volume, as he can be expected to make around 60 starts again and rack up a decent win total in 2014-15.
Smith may be the Coyotes' biggest fantasy question mark heading into this season. Was his stunning playoff season two years ago a fluke or was he affected by nagging injuries during his less-than-impressive (15-12-5, .910 save percentage and 2.58 GAA) lockout-shortened season? It's easy to dismiss Smitty as a one-year wonder, but we can't help but think he and super goalie coach Sean Burke will figure things out. We still wouldn't take him with an early pick, but he's undeniably worth rostering, especially as the Coyotes look to add some firepower to their beleaguered offense.
What can really be said about Mike Smith's stunning 2011-12 campaign? The goalie, who found himself in the AHL just a season ago, posted a 38-18-10 record, 2.21 GAA and .930 save percentage in the regular season and led one of the most surprising postseason runs in recent memory. While it might be slightly unrealistic to ask Smith to duplicate his numbers from last year, the retention of Phoenix's own goalie whisperer in coach Sean Burke should reassure fantasy owners that Smith might be able to repeat. And the outstanding blue line talent in front of Smith helps make him a top netminding candidate heading into 2012-13.
Smith undoubtedly has an opportunity to become the No. 1 netminder in Arizona after losing out on the job to Dan Ellis and Dwayne Roloson in Tampa Bay. With the departure of Ilya Bryzgalov, the Coyotes are looking to re-solidify their netminding situation and hope that Smith, who posted a 13-6-1 record, 2.90-GAA, and .899 save percentage in 22 games last season, will ultimately become the anchor in net that carried Phoenix to two consecutive playoff berths. We wouldn't be surprised to see Phoenix roll with Smith out of the gate, especially since the coaching staff seems to have a strong sense of what to expect from incumbent veteran Jason LaBarbera.
Smith's tenure in Tampa Bay has been utterly forgettable. And just when he seemed healthy and ready to get back on track, he found out the team signed Dan Ellis as a backup. Best-case scenario is a platoon; worst-case scenario is either injured (again) or picking splinters out of his glutes. And none of those options is effective in the fantasy arena.
Smith was almost single-handedly keeping the Bolts in games and in the overall hunt when he finally sat down with that concussion. Trouble is, he played through it for far too long and then admitted that it wasn’t the first time he’d taken a knock to the noggin. He needs to return to his previous form; we’re just not sure if he’ll do it right out of training camp. And cumulative categories like goals-against and save percentage are tough holes to climb out of. You’ll need insurance, maybe in the form of Antero Niittymaki, if you draft Mr. Smith.
Smith plays his best inside a controlled, systematic defense but there won’t be any of that in Central Florida. He should fend off Olaf Kolzig to retain the starter’s gig. But don’t be surprised to see him sit for stretches if Olie re-kindles the magic.
Enters training camp with the backup job to Marty Turco as Smith's to lose after outperforming Dan Ellis at Iowa last season.
Expected to spend the year at Iowa of the AHL, splitting time in net with Dan Ellis.
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Between pipes Saturday
GEdmonton Oilers
October 15, 2021
Smith will tend the twine for Saturday's home clash with the Flames.
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Collects shootout win
GEdmonton Oilers
October 13, 2021
Smith made 36 saves on 38 shots in a 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks on Wednesday.
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Slated to start
GEdmonton Oilers
October 13, 2021
Smith is on track to start between the pipes in Wednesday's home opener versus Vancouver, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
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Taking on Vancouver
GEdmonton Oilers
October 6, 2021
Smith (illness) will patrol the home crease during Thursday's preseason clash with the Canucks.
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Exits practice early
GEdmonton Oilers
Illness
October 3, 2021
Smith exited Sunday's practice early because he wasn't feeling well, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
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