With it basically being the offseason we have some time to write about things we normally would not write about concerning the Chicago Blackhawks. So let’s take the time today to wish Zack Smith a happy birthday!
I am going, to be honest, I was a little upset when Zack Smith joined the Chicago Blackhawks. I figured he was not that good of a return for Artem Anisimov and kept the team in a similar Salary Cap limbo at 3.25 million a year. However, since joining the Blackhawks, Smith has been rather reliable in the bottom six.
Today is Smith’s birthday! He turns 32 today. Smith has only been with two teams during his 12 year NHL career, the Senators and the Blackhawks. He laced up the skates in 50 games this season with the Blackhawks, oh and 612 with the Senators.
The former third-round draft pick of the 2008 NHL draft has never been much of a point-getter. His best offensive campaign came in 2016 when he put up 36 points. Even without the points, he is reliable.
Smith starts the majority of his plays in the defensive zone, and he has been rather reliable with getting the puck out of his own end. Although his ice time dropped by almost five minutes with the Blackhawks, he still is helping this team win in more than one way. Smith has not been afraid to drop the gloves either.
I think Smith is a great piece to this team’s bottom six. One that can help out on the penalty kill, or when the team needs a big faceoff win. While I do not think that Smith is apart of the future of this team a year or two down the line, he is still a member of the Blackhawks organization. Something that deserves recognition from fans.
Thank you, Smith, for this great year and hopefully, we will get to see you again next year in the United Center helping the Blackhawks get some much-needed wins!