|Written by Jason Banks|
December 2012 – Late last season it looked like Smith was destined to be the goalie sitting on the Nashville bench who would tell Pekka Rinne how well he played every night, after a badly kept secret was going around that Anders Lindback would be moving on. Instead the organization felt that having Smith stay in the AHL was a better idea and subsequently signed Chris Mason to ride pine. Nashville has an excellent development system for goalies and with the lockout happening, this seems to be have been another great decision to have Smith’s offseason mindset on leading the Admirals again, rather than possibly being stagnate on the Preds’ bench. Smith has struggled early to replicate last season’s excellent numbers, but four consecutive December appearances have resulted in a trifecta of wins in three starts with an excellent 19 save relief of Magnus Hellberg. Milwaukee operates much like their parent Nashville in that they like to have goalies be work horses rather than split crease time. Smith saw 53 starts last year and is currently on pace to see 52 this season. At 23 years old, he is still growing mass to his frame which is a little undersized for many of today’s net prospects. He is rather solid, but does not have a high ceiling.
Likely to become an NHL backup in the near future and post respectable numbers, but lots of competition in the Nashville system.
Jeremy smith with an excellent emergency glove save last season.
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|Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 12:22|