With much of the offseason’s attention naturally being devoted to Ottawa’s reputable prospects, established stars and the new faces that have come into the fold, it’s easy to forget about some of the less-heralded players, like Zack Smith, who are expected to fill out the team’s bottom six.
2011/12 was quite the Jekyll and Hyde season for Smith and maybe it was to be expected. Having played in NHL games in the three previous seasons, it feels like he has been within the organization for a while; even though last season was his really his first full season as a regular.
In his first forty games, he was like a poor man’s Mike Fisher – blending a physical presence with some moderate offensive production. Aided by his 26.1-percent shooting percentage during the second quarter of the season, even with some modest extrapolation, it looked like Smith was poised to crack the 30-point threshold.
Unfortunately, like many of the players that graduated from the 2011 Calder Cup winning ...