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THREE THINGS: What you need to know about Zack Smith

July 16th, 2019 by Chris Kuc /

The Blackhawks shook up their mix at the forward position with the acquisition of Zack Smith from the Senators in exchange for Artem Anisimov. Smith’s contract has an AAV of $3.25 million and is signed through the 2020-21 season.

Here’s what you need to know about Smith:

Smith figures to bolster the Blackhawks penalty kill. In his 10-plus seasons in the NHL, the Maple Creek, Saskatchewan native has at least one short-handed goal in six of them, including a career high of five during the 2015-16 campaign.

With the Senators last season, Smith averaged 1 minute, 49 seconds of ice time on the penalty kill.

The 31-year-old is also adept in the faceoff circle, with a career 50.7 percent success rate.

Smith’s uncle is former NHL player Barry Dean, who played a combined 165 games with the Rockies and Flyers from 1976-79.

After battling back from a wrist injury that limited him to 37 games during the 2014-15 season, Smith was the Senators nominee for the 2016 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who displays perseverance and dedication to hockey.

“You never expect to get acknowledged for something like that especially when guys are going through injuries all the time and it’s part of the game,” Smith told reporters at the time. “Personally, it was a tough season last year and a tough injury timing-wise so it was good to get back into it and it’s nice to be acknowledged for it.”

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