Season Review – After a great first half of 2011-12 and a sub-par 2nd half (at least offensively), this was a big year for Zack Smith to show his true colors. Would he prove to be able to score at a 15-20 goal pace or would he be pegged as that reliable defensive player who can add toughness but not much offense. Well, even when given the opportunities to play higher in the lineup, Smith struggled to put up points. In 48 games he managed just 4 goals and 15 points. So I guess that question is answered and the Senators know what they have.
Playoffs – Smith managed just a goal and an assist in 10 playoff games, and was actually shifted to the wing after Jason Spezza returned for the last 3 games against the Penguins.
Contract Status – Smith, like Kyle Turris, signed a contract extension last summer that kicks in for next season. It is a 4 year, $7.55M contract that carries a cap hit of just under $1.89M
Importance To Franchise – Definitely not an untouchable, and with the emergence of Mika Zibanejad and Jean-Gabriel Pageau late in the season, his role might be diminished to nothing more than a 4th line rotation.
Needs to Improve – While he will never be a top point producer, he needs to contribute more at that end. More troubling is the -9 he posted this season. If he can’t be counted on in his own end, then his spot on the roster could be in question.
Grade - C- Every center on the team played out of position, but Smith missed out on a chance to step up and show he could be a prime time player for this team.