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.
- 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.
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Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma
Sabres forward C.J. Smith
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Islanders head coach Doug Weight
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 30, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward C.J. Smith to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Smith (5’11”, 185 lbs., 12/1/1994) signs with the Sabres after completing his third season with the UMass Lowell River Hawks (Hockey East). In 2016-17, he tied for eighth among NCAA skaters with 23 goals and ranked 12th with 51 points. Smith was also named the Hockey East Tournament MVP after leading the tournament with eight points (4+4) in five games.
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Smith finished his college career with 125 points (56+69) in 120 games. He was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2014-15 and was named to the league’s All-Tournament Teams each of the last two seasons.