Zack Smith
C/LW OTT
4 weeks ago

Smith -- who was waived by the Senators on Tuesday -- will dress and play in Thursday's contest against the Blackhawks, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith's placement on waivers was a bit of a surprise, but there is no indication at this point that another team has claimed him. As a result, he will lace up the skates for the Senators as usual, though the veteran forward's mood has likely, understandably, changed. Still, Smith should take the ice Thursday and remains with the club for the time being. However, Ottawa has been trying to trade the veteran forward for a while now and those trade talks are unlikely to die down after Tuesday's move.

Zack Smith
C/LW OTT
4 weeks ago

Smith was waived by the Senators on Tuesday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is a brazen move considering Smith is a perennial special-teams contributor who had seasonal outputs of 36 and 32 points, respectively, in a middle-six role with Ottawa before he slipped to five goals and 14 assists over an injury-riddled 2017-18 campaign (68 games) last year. It seems unlikely that he won't get scooped up by another club, but stranger things have happened and it appears that the Senators want to rebuild from the ground up after trading two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson.

Zack Smith
C/LW OTT
6 months ago

Smith finished the year with five goals and 14 assists throughout 68 games, averaging 16:43 of ice time.

EDGE Analysis

Even though Smith was never tearing up the scoresheet, he was still logging a goal or assist every couple games throughout most of the season, but completely disappeared after the start of March -- he logged just one assist in his last 20 games. The 30-year-old was victimized in the goal column though, as he had a shooting percentage of just four, compared to his mark of 10.5 last year. Smith's minus-32 was also the lowest of his career, but that largely stems from Ottawa's struggles throughout the season. Smith will be back above the border next season for the second campaign of his four year deal, but with Matt Duchene and Jean-Gabriel Pageau due back as well, he'll likely reprise a role in the bottom six.

Zack Smith
C/LW OTT
10 months ago

Smith failed to mark the scoresheet through 15:12 of ice time during Friday's 6-5 overtime win against San Jose.

EDGE Analysis

Smith missed the previous five games because of a shoulder injury, and he's been limited to just 25 contests because of various ailments throughout the campaign. With only two goals and six assists for the season, fantasy owners should probably watch Smith from afar, until there are signs of offensive improvement.

Zack Smith
C/LW OTT
10 months ago

Smith (shoulder) will play Friday against the Sharks, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith missed five games with this shoulder ailment, and the Senators failed to score more than one goal in four of those matchups. The Senators were also shut out on all six power-play opportunities in Smith's absence, so there's a good chance head coach Guy Boucher uses Smith on the power play Friday night to try getting some offensive production going.

Zack Smith
C/LW OTT
10 months ago

Smith (shoulder) may be available for Friday's clash with San Jose, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith has missed the Sens' previous five outings, his second such extended stretch on the sidelines this season. Based on practice lines, the winger appears poised to take on a bottom-six role in his return, which will see Gabriel Dumont or Filip Chlapik relegated to the press box. With just 22 players on the active roster, Ottawa will not be required to make a corresponding move in order to activate Smith off injured reserve.

Zack Smith
C/LW OTT
10 months ago

Smith (shoulder) joined the Senators for practice Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

While its a good step in Smith's recovery process, it's important to note that the team clarified he remains without a timeline to return to action, but "he looks to be on track for a return prior to the team's week-long break in January,". The 29-year-old is still on injured reserve for the time being and likely will be until he is given the all-clear to suit up.

Zack Smith
C/LW OTT
10 months ago

Smith was placed on IR with a shoulder injury, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith will be sidelined for at least two weeks due to his shoulder injury, which explains the team's decision to immediately place him on injured reserve. The natural center will be hard to replace, especially considering he racked up three goals and one helper in his previous four outings. Nate Thompson figures to get the first crack at a top-six role, as well as on the power play.

Zack Smith
C/LW OTT
10 months ago

Smith (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.

EDGE Analysis

Smith will slot into his usual role skating on Ottawa's third line and second power-play unit against the Lightning. The 29-year-old forward has notched two goals and eight points in 23 games this season.

Zack Smith
C/LW OTT
10 months ago

Smith (undisclosed) remains a game-time decision for Thursday's road clash with the Lightning, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.

EDGE Analysis

The lack of information on Smith's ailment makes it extremely difficult to hedge on his availability for the upcoming contest, but consider that he's been a fantasy liability more often than not this season. We're talking just eight points in 23 games to go along with a minus-15 rating and a career-low shooting percentage (3.8). Go ahead and line up alternatives in the event that he does miss his 10th game of the 2017-18 campaign.