BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 31, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forward C.J. Smith from the Rochester Americans (AHL).
In his second full professional season, Smith (5’11”, 181 lbs., 12/1/1994) is currently tied for the Amerks’ team lead with 29 points (13+16) in 33 games this season. In his last 10 games for Rochester, Smith has recorded 11 points (6+5) and 38 shots on goal, propelling him into a tie for third in the AHL with 108 shots on goal this season.
In 2017-18, Smith tied for 10th among AHL rookies with 44 points (17+27) in 57 games and was named MVP of the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic. The Des Moines, Iowa native recorded one assist in two NHL contests in 2016-17 after the conclusion of his three-year collegiate career at UMass-Lowell, where he was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2015 and garnered Hockey East All-Tournament honors in 2016 and 2017.