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Player Spotlight: Zack Smith

Friday, 08.31.2012 / 11:40 AM ET / Features
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Player Spotlight: Zack Smith

(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

ZACK SMITH

2011-12 stats: 81 GP, 14 G, 12 A, 98 PTS, 56 PIM, +4 rating

Last season: After helping lead the Binghamton Senators to an AHL Calder Cup crown in 2010-11, Smith showed he could also produce offensively at the NHL level. He established new career highs in games played (81), goals, assists and points, and enjoyed a trio of multi-point games along the way. The 24-year-old native of Maple Creek, Sask., also became a valuable member of the Ottawa penalty-killing unit and was one of three Senators (Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Condra were the others) to notch at least two shorthanded goals last season. Smith, a third-round pick (79th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, was named the Molson Cup three-star award winner for the month of November.

The highlight: The Senators' first visit to Winnipeg in more than a decade also proved to be quite eventful for Smith. In a Nov. 29 contest at the MTS Centre, his first career NHL power-play goal proved to be the game-winner in a 6-4 triumph over the reborn Jets. Smith finished with a two-goal game — also a first in the NHL — and registered the winning goal for a second consecutive game.

Looking forward: Look for Smith to continue to solidify his role as the team's third-line centre. Given his breakout season offensively in 2011-12, it's also quite likely those totals will grow in the campaign to come. At 6-2 and 212 pounds, Smith also brings a physical presence to the rink and, given the off-season departures of Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner via free agency, he'll no doubt be counted on even more in that area.

Quote: "I've got a lot more confidence, especially after playing in Binghamton in the playoffs (in 2011). I got to play a more offensive role and I've come up here and it feels like the coach has more confidence in me ... To be successful offensively, you have to take chances. That's maybe not something you're willing to do as much if you think that if you make a mistake, you're going to get sent down the next day."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02