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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.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 16, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward C.J. Smith to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $874,125.

After making his NHL debut with one assist in two games for the Sabres in 2016-17, Smith (5’11”, 181 lbs., 12/1/1994) completed his first full professional season in 2017-18 by tallying 44 points (17+27) in 57 AHL games with the Rochester Americans. His totals ranked third among Amerks skaters in points, tied for second in goals and tied for third in assists. Smith’s fast start in 2017-18 earned him a spot in the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge, where he recorded five points (3+2) to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

Prior to signing with the Sabres as a free agent in March 2017, Smith finished his three-year college career at UMass Lowell with 125 points (56+69) in 120 games. Among his collegiate accolades were Hockey East All-Tournament Team selections in each of his final two seasons and a Hockey East Tournament MVP nod in 2017 following an eight-point (4+4) output in five games as a member of the champion River Hawks.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 25, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has tendered a qualifying offer to forwards Justin Bailey, Nick Baptiste, Sean Malone, Danny O’Regan, Sam Reinhart and C.J. Smith.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 24, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forwards Kyle Criscuolo, Hudson Fasching and C.J. Smith, as well as defenseman Brendan Guhle, to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

The Sabres now have 32 players (18 forwards, 11 defensemen and three goaltenders) on their training camp roster.

Post-Game Report: 4/2 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
1 1 2 4 26
0 1 1 2 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres killed off their only penalty today, improving to 50-for-57 (87.7%) on the penalty kill in their last 22 games.
  • C.J. Smith made his NHL debut today, recording his first NHL point with an assist on Evander Kane’s first-period goal.
  • Kane’s 27th goal of the season gave him 12 points (9+3) in his last 12 games at KeyBank Center.
  • With his goal, Zemgus Girgensons now has a goal in each of his last two games against the Islanders.
  • With no points today, Jack Eichel has gone two games without a point for just the first time since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. Eichel has totaled 34 points (11+23) in the 28 games since Feb. 2.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Halak W .946 2.00
Sabres Lehner L .846 4.11


Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Halak 9-9-5 .909 3.03
Sabres Lehner 22-24-8 .921 2.65

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward C.J. Smith

Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Islanders head coach Doug Weight

Islanders forward Anders Lee

Islanders forward Joshua Ho-Sang

Islanders forward Connor Jones

Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck