Reilly Smith RW BOS 4 Months

Fantasy hockey fans will be expecting more from Reilly Smith next season.

Smith came into the 2013-14 season under the radar as it was perceived that he was a throw-in in the Tyler Seguin-Loui Eriksson trade. But the former Dallas Star showed everyone that he was a top-six forward in the NHL with a 20 goal, 31 assist performance this season and then added four goals and a helper in 12 playoff games. Smith is eligible for restricted free agency in the off-season but it's hard to believe that the Bruins won't try to sign him to a new deal as quickly as possible.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 4 Months

Reilly Smith is slated for restricted free agency this summer.

His first season with Boston was very productive. He scored 20 goals and posted 51 points in 82 games. Smith also added four goals and one assist in 12 playoff matches. He was acquired by Boston in the Tyler Seguin deal and proved he could be a valuable contributor. That should earn him a good raise coming off his entry-level contract, but he may have to prove himself again before getting a longer term deal.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 4 Months

Bruins coach Claude Julien is reaping the benefits of sticking with Reilly Smith during his late season slump.

Smith has bounced back with three goals in his last five games. "I would say he mostly had a great season," Julien said of Smith. "Maybe for a month or so he got really quiet, but for the most part I thought he was pretty consistent. The way he's playing right now is a lot more indicative of the kind of year he's had. Every young player is going go through a lull along the way. Am I pleased with his play? Absolutely. I think he's come up big in the playoffs, and we've seen the Reilly Smith that we saw for most of the regular season." Smith was acquired as part of the blockbuster deal with Dallas that saw Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson swap teams. Given that Eriksson had a rough, injury-riddled debut season with Boston, the rise of Smith has prevented the trade from looking one-sided.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 4 Months

Reilly Smith found the back of the net in Boston's 4-2 win against Montreal on Saturday.

Smith now has three goals in five games against Montreal in the second round. He had a goal and an assist in five contests in Boston's first round series versus Detroit.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 4 Months

Reilly Smith, who slumped badly in the second half of the regular season, is redeeming himself in the playoffs.

Although he scored 20 goals and registered 51 points in the regular season, Smith scored only two goals in the Bruins' last 30 games. In the playoffs so far, the 23-year-old foirward has scored three times in seven games, with two of those goals being game winners. Smith is the type of gritty all-purpose winger you win in the post-season with.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 4 Months

Reilly Smith scored a goal in Boston's 4-3 double overtime loss to Montreal.

He got the Bruins on the board early in the third period. Smith had a goal and a helper in five games against Detroit in the opening round. He is playing in his first NHL playoffs.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 4 Months

Reilly Smith netted his first career playoff goal in Game 2 on Sunday.

He scored on the power play to give Boston a 2-0 lead after the first period in an eventual 4-1 victory. "It definitely gives you confidence and I'm pretty sure the press in Boston, they can get on you if you're not scoring," said Smith. "I've heard - even from Dallas - enough about (Tyler) Seguin and (Jaromir) Jagr not scoring too much in the playoffs last year. It is good to get that one in the back of the net and kind of keep you guys off my back a little bit." He struggled to produce after the Olympic break, but the playoffs is a whole new season for him to rebound in.

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Reilly Smith will play in his first NHL playoff game Friday against Detroit.

Smith was a nice surprise this season. As the player added into the Tyler Seguin-Loui Eriksson deal, Smith exceeded all expectations with 50 points. Boston coach Claude Julien is a big fan of Smith and believes he will have no trouble adapting to NHL playoff hockey. "I don't think that he gets overly excited to a point where it effects him", Julien said. "He's pretty even keeled. Like I said before, if there's anything, he has a tendency to get hard on himself and he demands and expects a lot, but I don't think this is going to be an issue for him". Smith may make a nice late round selection in playoff pools this post-season as he plays on a line with playoff wizard Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 5 Months

Reilly Smith reached the 20-goal mark on Tuesday night.

He snapped a 10-game goalless drought in the process. Smith has 50 points in 79 games this season, but he's been ice cold since the NHL returned from the Olympic break.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 5 Months

Reilly Smith was given Boston's Seventh Player Award before Saturday's game against Philadelphia.

The award goes to the player who performs "above and beyond" expectations and it's voted on by the fans. Smith's production has slowed considerably coming out of the Olympic break, with one goal and six assists in his last 21 games, but he has been a pleasant surprise this campaign. He has 19 goals and 49 points in 78 games during his first year with Boston.