Sunday, March 25, 2012
GM Joe: 'Reilly Smith can help our hockey club'
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said he thinks forward Reilly Smith can help the team now, and that’s why the the 20-year-old is being added to the roster for the final part of the regular season.
The Stars signed Smith, who just completed his junior year at Miami University, to a three-year entry-level contract Sunday. He’ll join the team on its current road trip.
“I think he’s a player that can help our hockey club,” Nieuwendyk said of Smith, a third round pick (69th overall) in 2009. “I can look back on my own experience (coming out of Cornell), when I joined the Calgary Flames for the last nine games of the season. It was a very valuable experience for me. It was one of the important things in my career. I have a past history with that. That has a lot to do with it.
“He’s had a phenomenal year in college. He has some elements of skill and goal scoring ability. I think it is a low-risk move on our part.”
Smith ranked second in the nation in goal scoring this seasoning, tallying 30 in 39 games. He led the nation in game-winners with eight and was tied for ninth with nine power play goals.
When Smith, who turns 21 on April 1, gets into the lineup is still up in the air.
“He’ll practice with us the next few days. We have immigration issues to deal with and then we’ll see,” Nieuwendyk said.
As to where Smith might fit in the lineup, Nieuwendyk wasn’t ready to say.
“I can’t make a guess at this point,” he said.
Prospect Alex Chiasson expected to head to Texas Stars
Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said prospect Alex Chiasson, the team’s second round pick (38th overall) in 2009, is expected to join the Texas Stars this week. Chiasson just wrapped up his junior season at Boston University, where he had a team-high 46 points (15 goals, 31 assists) in 38 games.