Hunter Smith, a 6'7", 218 lb. right winger from Windsor, Ontario, goes to the Flames with the 54th overall selection.
It’s hard not to notice 6-6, 210 Hunter Smith of the Oshawa Generals. And it’s especially hard not to notice now that he is showing some offensive prowess. His 13 goals and 31 points so far this year dwarf his grand total of one point last season. And some buzz has started to build for this late blooming ’95 birthdate.His skating is a work in progress — more the fluidity than a lack of straight line power — but it’s improving steadily. Smith’s work along the boards, which he controls with enthusiasm, is especially noticeable. He’s very tough to knock off the puck. And of course, the question many ask about prospects that big: What happens when he drops the gloves? Well, as many OHL opponents can attest, he can throw with the best of them. The total power forward’s package is just too much to ignore. Smith made a big surge in our rankings this month, and we’ve marked him as one of Red Line’s sleepers to watch down the stretch, particularly in the playoffs when we expect the Gens to make a deep push.
- Courtesy Kyle Woodlief, Red Line Report and USA TODAY.
Smith spent the last few seasons with the Oshawa Generals, scoring 16 goals and 24 assists with 100 penalty minutes last season in 64 games. It's a far cry from the one (1!) point that he earned in 2012-13 with the Generals.
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