C.J. Smith



  • DOB: 12/1/1994
  • Ht: 5-11
  • Wt: 183
  • Shoots: L
  • School: UMass-Lowell
  • Hometown: Des Moines, IA
  • Drafted: Undrafted

Signed a two-year, entry-level NHL contract as undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Sabres on March 30, 2017. Re-signed a two-year contract with Buffalo on July 2, 2019.

Recorded 27 points (12+15) in 50 games while playing the whole season with the Rochester Americans (AHL), his third with the team ... Tied for third among all Amerks skaters in goals and tied for fifth on the team in scoring ... Notched three points (1+2) in the 5-3 win at Belleville on 3/06 ... Had a three-game point streak (2+1) from 1/24 to 1/31 ... Tallied two assists at Syracuse on 1/12 ... Had a goal and two assists in the 5-0 shutout win at Laval on 12/14 ... Named the game’s first star after recording two points (1+1) and a plus-three on-ice rating in his return to the lineup against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 12/11 ... Missed 11 games (11/08-12/07) due to injury ... Picked up his second straight multi-point effort with two assists in the 7-6 come-from-behind overtime win at Syracuse on 10/26 ... Had a goal and an assist in the 5-1 win over Hershey on 10/23

Appeared in a career-high 11 games with the Buffalo Sabres (NHL, producing a pair of goals ... Finished second among all Amerks skaters in scoring with career-highs in goals (28), assists (30) and points (58) in 62 games while also skating in all three of Rochester’s postseason contests against Toronto … Tallied his first pro playoff goal in Game 2 of the North Division Semifinals against Toronto on 4/21 … Had points in 29 of his last 41 games dating back to Dec. 5, totaling 41 points (22+19) over that span … Scored twice and was a team-best plus-four in the 6-4 playoff-clinching win at Binghamton on 3/30 … Reached the 50-point mark for the first time in his pro career with a two-point effort, including the game-winner, against Utica on 3/13 … Became the third different Amerk this season to reach the 20-goal mark and added an assist to go along with a plus-four rating at Syracuse un 3/02 … Scored a goal while appearing in his 100th AHL game at Utica on 2/27 … Set a new career-high for goals in a season with his second of the night and 18th of the season to cap a three-point night (2+1) at Hartford on 2/02 … Totaled 13 points (5+8) over a career-long nine-game point streak from 12/26 to 1/26, marking the AHL’s second-longest point streak over that span … Appeared in his 100th pro game against Binghamton on 1/23 … Tied a career-high with a four-point night (3+1), including his second-career hat trick, and had a team-high seven shots in a 5-1 win at Toronto on 1/12 … Also netted the game-winner while single-handedly outscoring the Marlies in his return to the Amerks lineup … Registered his first NHL goal – the game-winner – in Buffalo’s 5-1 rout over New Jersey on 1/08 … Became the second Sabres player that season, joining Rasmus Dahlin, whose first-career NHL goal was also a game-winner … Also became the first NHL player from the state of Iowa to score an NHL goal … Closed out the month of December with 10 points (6+4) over his final eight games, earning him his first recall to the Buffalo Sabres since the 2016-17 season … Made his NHL season debut in Buffalo’s 3-1 loss to the NY Islanders on 12/31 … Scored for the sixth time in eight games at Utica on 12/29 … Collected his fifth goal in six games and added an assist in a 4-0 win at Cleveland on 12/26 … Extended his goal-scoring streak to four straight games with his 11th of the season and added an assist in a 4-2 loss to Hartford on 12/21 … Netted the game-winner on back-to-back nights (12/14 and 12/15) in a weekend sweep over Cleveland … Tallied a season and career-high three assists against Utica on 11/23 … Collected two points (1+1) and a team-high eight shots at Springfield on 11/16 … Had a four-game point streak (2+2) from 10/27 to 11/07 … Scored for the third time in just his fourth game of the season at Bridgeport on 10/13 … Netted Rochester’s first goal of the season in a 6-2 season-opening loss to Charlotte on 10/05

2017-18: Enjoyed a breakout rookie season with the Amerks … Finished third on the team and 10th among all AHL rookies in scoring with 44 points (17+27) in 61 games … Named the Amerks Rookie of the Year … Added a pair of assists during the team’s opening-round of the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs … Recorded first playoff point with an assist in his postseason debut in Game 1 of the North Division Semifinals at Syracuse on 4/20 …Returned to the lineup against Syracuse on 4/11 … Missed seven games (3/25-4/07) due to injury … Recorded his first-career hat trick and had a team-high five shots in a 6-4 loss at Hartford on 3/18 … Became the first Amerks rookie to score a hat trick since Tim Schaller at Toronto on Apr. 5, 2014 … Returned to the lineup at Bridgeport on 3/15 … Missed 12 games (2/16-3/11) due to injury … Named MVP of the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge after scoring three goals with two assists, including the lone tally in the championship game that sealed a 1-0 win for Team North over Team Pacific … Also scored the game-tying goal as part of North’s thrilling four-goal run during the final three minutes of the final preliminary contest to overcome a 3-0 deficit and secure a berth in the championship game … Helped the Eastern Conference to an 18-12 win over the Western Conference at the 2018 AHL All-Star Skills Competition … Recorded his ninth multi-point outing of the season with a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win at Charlotte on 1/20 … Snapped a season-long seven-game scoring drought with a power-play goal against Lehigh Valley on 1/06 … Named to the North Division roster for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, which took place Jan. 28-29 at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY … Single-handedly lifted Rochester to a 3-2 overtime win at Utica on 12/16, assisting on both goals in the final 6:33 of regulation to help the Amerks erase a 2-0 third-period deficit before the scoring the game-winner 17 seconds into the extra frame … Became the first Amerk to reach the 10-goal and 30-point mark with his overtime goal … Tallied his sixth multi-point effort of the season with a goal and an assist and had a team-high seven shots against Utica on 12/13 … Totaled six points (2+4) over a four-game point streak from 12/01 to 12/09… Recorded his team-leading 25th point of the season with a goal in just his 24th game at Hartford on 12/09 … Notched his second multi-point outing in five games with a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 12/02 … Scored the game-tying goal late in the third period to complete the two-game sweep at Binghamton on 11/25 … Factored in on all four Rochester goals, scoring twice – including the game-winner – and adding two assists for a career-high four points in a 4-2 win over Hartford on 11/17 … Pushed his assist streak to five games (0+6) with an assist at Utica on 11/04 … Tallied an assist in back-to-back games against Laval on 10/27 and Syracuse on 10/28 … Scored his first professional goal and later added an assist for his first multi-point effort in a 3-2 overtime win at Syracuse on 10/07 … Recorded his first point as an Amerk with an assist in his AHL debut against Syracuse on 10/06

2016-17: Registered one assist in two games for the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) following the completion of his junior season at UMass-Lowell (H-East) … Recorded first NHL point with an assist in his NHL/professional debut in Buffalo’s 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders on 4/02 …  Finished his junior season at UMass-Lowell ranked second in scoring with 51 points (23+28) … Paced all River Hawks with a career-best 23 goals and 28 assists in 41 games …  Was named Hockey East Tournament MVP with a tournament-leading eight points (4+4) in five tournament games … His 51 points ranked seventh among league leaders and his 23 goals were tied for fourth best among Hockey East players … Registered his 100th collegiate point on an assist on 1/06 at UNH … Scored his 50th goal on 2/18 at UMass … Notched his second career hat trick on 12/31 in the Ledyard Classic Championship Game at Dartmouth … Was one of three River Hawks named a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award … Had a season-high seven-game point streak from 1/28 to 2/23

2015-16: Was one of five River Hawks to play in all 40 games … Concluded the season ranked tied for 10th in the league in scoring with 39 points (17+22) … Led all UMass Lowell skaters in scoring with a then a career-high 39 points … Was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team with five points (3+2) in four tournament games … Netted his first career hat trick on 1/30 vs. Arizona State ... Had a career-high 10-game point streak (6+10) from 10/31 to 12/05 … Tied a career-high with four points (1+3) at Minnesota Duluth on 10/31 … Was named Hockey East Player of the Week (2/1 and 3/14) … Had 10 multi-point efforts

2014-15: Appeared in 39 games while leading the team in scoring with 35 points (16+19) ... Ranked tied for 13th among all Hockey East players with 35 points (16+19), which ranked second among Hockey East rookies ... His 0.90 points per games was sixth best nationally among Division I rookies … Was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team on 3/18 … Named Hockey East Rookie of the Week and River Hawk of the Week on 3/16 ...Notched three points (1+2) in a 6-3 win over Quinnipiac on 10/17

2013-14: Split the season with the Chicago Steel and Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) … Played in 46 games with the Steel during the regular season, notching a team-best 23 goals and 40 points (23+17) ... Appeared in 13 games with the Lumberjacks … Totaled five points (4+1) with Muskegon

2012-13: Appeared in a career-high 60 games with the Austin Bruins (NAHL) … Netted a personal-best 30 goals, 29 assists and 59 points… Paced the Bruins in goals (30)

2011-12: Tallied 27 points (13+14) in 53 games with the Bruins … Finished season ranked eighth among all Austin forwards with 27 points while his goals (13) and assists (14) were sixth and eighth, respectively

PERSONAL: One of just two players in NHL history to have been born in the state of Iowa, joining goaltender Scott Clemmensen ... Became the first Iowan to score an NHL goal during the 2018-19 season.

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Player Stats

Regular Season
2020-21 Regular SeasonROC154913-461028100.87
2019-20 Regular SeasonROC50121527-91850138100.54
2018-19 Regular SeasonROC62283058262662207400.94
2017-18 Regular SeasonRCH5717274441660133200.77
2019 Calder Cup PlayoffsROC3112-200012000.67
2018 Calder Cup PlayoffsRCH3022-40007000.67