The Dallas Stars stocked up on veteran offensive talent in the offseason, but after an up-and-down start they chose to part with most of it at the trade deadline. Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy were Stars for only a short time, and their absence opened the door for a handful of young players to adjust to life in the NHL. One rookie who saw a lot of playing time for the Stars this season is Reilly Smith, a former college standout who has yet to find much scoring success in the NHL.
Smith played in the AHL with the Texas Stars during the lockout, and was shuffled between the Stars and their AHL affiliate throughout the season. He scored 14 goals and had 35 points during the AHL regular season. Smith played 37 games for Dallas this season, but managed only three goals and nine points. While he seemed more adjusted to the pro game than in his brief three-game stint at the end of the 2011-12 season, the Stars were likely hoping for more from him at this point.
Smith scored 28 goals as a sophomore at Miami University (Ohio) and 30 goals as a junior before turning pro, so there’s no question he has the skills to find the back of the net. He’s shown a lot of promise at the AHL level, but has yet to duplicate that when the Stars have called him up. As they look to rebuild with youth in the offseason, Smith should be given every chance to secure a roster spot with a strong training camp. For now, his rookie season performance was somewhere in the “C” range. The future remains bright for Smith as he should continue to get better, but this season he was overshadowed by fellow rookies Brenden Dillon and Alex Chiasson.