Jeremy Smith

Posted: March 2, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Nashville Predators
  

Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America

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)
RS Scoring RS Goalie Stats PO Scoring
Season Team Lge GP A PIM Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct GP A PIM
2005-06 Plymouth Whalers OHL 5 0 0 111 11 0 0 5.94 0 2 0 60 0.845
2006-07 Plymouth Whalers OHL 34 2 4 1901 82 1 4 2.59 23 6 1 984 0.923 4 0 0
2007-08 Plymouth Whalers OHL 40 0 4 2431 116 6 3 2.86 23 13 4 1347 0.921 1 1 0
2008-09 Plymouth Whalers OHL 17 0 2 901 72 1 0 4.79 3 9 2 494 0.873
2008-09 Niagara IceDogs OHL 26 0 4 1488 79 2 1 3.18 12 9 3 833 0.913 12 0 2
2009-10 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 42 0 2 2468 108 3 2 2.63 23 15 2 966 0.899 17 0 0
2009-10 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 0.00 1 1.000
2010-11 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 1 0 0 65 3 0 0 2.78 0 0 1 27 0.900
2010-11 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 28 0 0 1513 57 0 2 2.26 16 8 2 668 0.921 13 0 0
2011-12 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 41 1 6 2402 94 5 2 2.35 22 15 1 1015 0.915

Drafted: 54th overall, 2007
Nashville Predators

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