Stars sign Reilly Smith, add him to NHL roster
March, 25, 2012
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The Dallas Stars have signed prospect Reilly Smith to an entry-level contract. He will join the team on the upcoming road trip. Here's the release from the team.
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed forward Reilly Smith to a three-year entry-level contract. Smith, 20, will join the Stars for the club's upcoming four-game road trip and he will be added to the NHL roster.
Dallas' third-round selection (No. 69 overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Smith led Miami University (Ohio) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) with 30 goals and 18 assists (48 points) in 39 games this season. He also won the CCHA goal-scoring title for the second straight year with 18 goals in league play.
"We are excited to have to Reilly join our organization after a very successful college career," Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "We think that Reilly has proven that he has all the characteristics of a player that will succeed at the NHL level."
The 6-1, 183-pound forward from Mimico, Ontario, finished the season ranked second in the NCAA in goals (30) and ninth in overall scoring (48 points). He is also one of 10 student-athletes nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in NCAA Division I hockey. The winner will be announced on April 6.
Smith notched 14 multi-point games and finished the 2011-12 campaign with points in 10 of his last 11 games. Over his three-year career as a RedHawk, Smith appeared in 121 games, collecting 66 goals and 56 assists for 122 points.
The Dallas Stars face off at the Calgary Flames on Monday at 8 p.m. CDT (TV: FOX Sports Southwest; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).