Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gemel Smith Returns to Dallas on One-Year Deal

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars have signed Gemel Smith on a one-year, two-way deal, leaving Jamie Oleksiak as the only unsigned Dallas RFA. While roster moves at the NHL level are likely to place Smith as a first callup option in Texas, depending on the summer he has he may be able to surprise in camp and earn a spot in Dallas.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has re-signed forward Gemel Smith to a one-year, two-way contract.

Smith, 23, posted six points (3-3=6) in 17 games with Dallas last season in his first NHL campaign. The forward made his NHL debut on Oct. 22 against Columbus and registered his first career NHL point with an assist (0-1=1) on Nov. 5 vs. Chicago. He also appeared in 53 games in 2016-17 with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 33 points (12-21=33). Smith was tied for fourth on the club in assists (21) and his three shorthanded goals last season shared eighth in the AHL.

In his career, Smith has played 186 regular-season AHL games over the span of three seasons with Texas. In total, he has posted 86 points (35-51=86) with a +10 plus/minus rating and 106 penalty minutes. Smith has skated in three career Calder Cup Playoff contests, recording four shots on goal.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Toronto, Ont. was originally selected by Dallas in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

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