The Good: Jeremy Smith, as a small hybrid goalie, stays on his feet a little bit longer because he needs to and then relies on quickness and getting his pads down. Smith has done a good job with what Preds goalie coach Mitch Korn has asked him to improve on, and that’s quickness and urgency. And he has to sustain that if he plans on being successful at the high levels. He has proven capable of succeeding at lower levels, including the AHL, where he took over as the starting goaltender in Milwaukee, beating out Chet Pickard. He displays sound fundamentals for the goaltending position.
The Bad: With Pekka Rinne thriving as the number one goaltender in Nashville (he is signed for 7 more seasons), it’s likely he will never get a good chance in the NHL. Smith, drafted by the Preds in the second round in 2007, will likely take a long time, like almost every Nashville goaltender, to get a good chance to prove his worth. He doesn’t have ideal size for the highest level, and he could use a little more bulk to build up better stamina.
Awards and honors
- OHL Dave Pinkney Trophy – Top Team Goaltending (2006–07) (Shared with Michal Neuvirth)
- ECHL Kelly Cup Champion, winning with the Cincinnati Cyclones (2010)
- ECHL Kelly Cup Playoff MVP (2010) (Shared with Robert Mayer)
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