The Buffalo Sabres aren't waiting until the offseason to start making moves. The Sabres have announced the signing of college free agent C.J. Smith to a two-year entry-level contract.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 30, 2017
According to multiple reports, Smith is expected in the Sabres lineup on Sunday against the New York Islanders.
Smith led the River Hawks in scoring this season and was named the most valuable player in the Hockey East tournament. In five tournament games, Smith scored four goals and added four assists.
Smith finished this season with 51 points [23G, 28A] in 41 games played. In his three years at UMass-Lowell the Des Moines, Iowa native averaged more than a point-per-game, scoring 56 goals and adding 69 assists [125 points] in 120 games.
If nothing else, Smith is another lottery ticket for General Manager Tim Murray. The good news -- the more lottery tickets you buy, the better your chance of eventually winning.
These signings are low-risk, high reward. It sounds like Smith had plenty of options, so once again it's a good get for the Sabres.