|Assets:||Is versatile up front and has good skating ability. Is also fairly strong, due to a strong lower base. Is courageous and will work his way into the tough scoring areas. Has two-way upside.|
|Flaws:||Lacks high-end offensive skills, and also lacks ideal size for the National Hockey League game. Is not a physical player. Needs to find his niche in the NHL.|
|Career Potential:||Versatile depth forward with a little upside.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2012-13 (Chicago)|
|NCAA||Frozen Four Tournament MVP||2009-10|
|NCAA||Frozen Four All-Tournament Team||2009-10|
|6/27/2014||Signed by the Chicago Blackhawks to a two-year contract extension.|
|4/26/2013||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|9/15/2012||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|6/18/2012||Re-signed by the Chicago Blackhawks to a two-year contract.|
|1/25/2012||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|1/17/2012||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|1/13/2012||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|1/09/2012||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|12/17/2011||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|12/15/2011||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|12/12/2011||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|11/18/2011||Missed 4 games (concussion).|
|11/17/2011||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|10/17/2011||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|10/06/2011||Concussion, injured reserve.|
|4/06/2011||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|3/21/2011||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|3/20/2011||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|11/02/2010||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|10/29/2010||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|10/01/2010||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|4/18/2010||Signed by the Chicago Blackhawks to a two-year entry-level contract.|
|6/21/2008||Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 6th round (169th overall) in 2008.|
Ben Smith signs two-year deal with Chicago | 06/27/2014 10:30 AM
NewsBen Smith has inked a two-year extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.
ImpactSmith would have become a restricted free agent this summer. The defensive forward had 14 goals and 12 assists in 75 games in 2013-14.
Hawks to start contract talks with Smith soon | 06/03/2014 3:28 PM
NewsThe Chicago Blackhawks plan to enter into contract talks with Ben Smith in the coming weeks.
Tracey Myers on Twitter
ImpactSmith is scheduled to be a restricted free agent, so there's no urgency. Still, it's fair to assume that he'll get a meaningful raise from his 2013-14 salary of $575,000.
Ben Smith has been scoring vs. Los Angeles | 05/31/2014 5:12 PM
NewsBen Smith has netted two goals in his past two playoff games.
ImpactHe has three markers on nine shots in six contests versus Los Angeles during the Western Conference Final. Smith scored a nice bank shot off Jonathan Quick's pad during Game 6 on Friday night.
Ben Smith, Shaw see shifts with Patrick Kane | 05/26/2014 11:49 AM
NewsBen Smith and Andrew Shaw received playing time as Chicago's second-line center in Game 3 when the team was trailing in the third period.
ImpactJoel Quenneville didn't say who would be skating alongside Patrick Kane on Monday night, but he thought the talented winger looked "dangerous" in the match.
Ben Smith scores Wednesday in loss to Kings | 05/22/2014 11:50 AM
NewsBen Smith potted his second goal of the postseason in Game 2's 6-2 loss to Los Angeles.
ImpactHe ended a six-game pointless drought when he gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Los Angeles stormed back with a late goal in the second and five in the third to win the contest. Smith has four points in 14 games this playoffs.
Ben Smith is likely to play with Toews | 05/09/2014 12:07 PM
NewsBen Smith is projected to get a chance to play alongside Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews in Game 4 on Friday.
ImpactSmith feels he has to get better and playing alongside Toews can't hurt in that regard. Smith has a goal and three points in nine games.
Ben Smith scores in SO win over Wild | 04/04/2014 9:28 AM
NewsBen Smith tallied his 11th goal of the season in Thursday's shootout win over Minnesota.
ImpactHe finished the match with 18:08 of ice time and he was stopped on his shootout attempt. Smith has skated in a personal high 70 games this year with Chicago and he's earned 23 points.
Ben Smith gets two points Sunday | 03/17/2014 8:52 AM
NewsBen Smith had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win against Detroit on Sunday.
ImpactAfter getting some brief stints in the NHL prior to this season, Smith has firmly established himself in the league in 2013-14. The 25-year-old doesn't have any fantasy value though in standard leagues, given his nine goals and 21 points in 61 games this season.
Ben Smith gets a chance on Chicago's PP | 03/13/2014 11:13 AM
NewsBen Smith has been getting power-play time with the Blackhawks because of Marian Hossa's upper-body injury.
Impact"It's an opportunity that I've been hoping would come my way and I'm fortunate that it's happening - it's my turn to take advantage of it," said Smith, who normally skates on the fourth line. "With Hossa out there's some valuable ice time out there and I'm just trying to take it." He's been tasked with being Chicago's net-front presence on the man advantage. Smith has 19 points in 59 games this season.
Ben Smith scores in loss to Avalanche | 03/05/2014 9:28 AM
NewsBen Smith potted his eighth goal of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Colorado.
ImpactHe has two points in his past three games to give him a total of 19 on the year. Smith had gone seven straight matches without finding the back of the net before Tuesday night.
Hawks get a rare goal from Ben Smith | 01/29/2014 9:47 AM
NewsBen Smith had a goal in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Calgary Flames.
ImpactHe has seven markers and 16 points in 48 games this year. Smith has been averaging 11:45 of ice time per match in his first full NHL campaign.
Ben Smith finds the back of the net Friday | 12/07/2013 9:22 AM
NewsBen Smith scored a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss.
ImpactSmith now has four goals and 10 points in 24 contests. He might have some fantasy value in a couple years, but for now he isn't worth owning in standard leagues.
Ben Smith to sit in press box Saturday v Wild | 10/26/2013 12:38 PM
NewsBen Smith will not play Saturday night against Minnesota.
Chris Kuc Twitter
ImpactHe will be a healthy scratch to accommodate Jeremy Morin who will dress in his place. Morin skated in Saturday morning's practice with Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw.
Ben Smith gets his first goal of the season | 10/13/2013 10:35 AM
NewsBen Smith found the back of the net in Chicago's 2-1 victory on Saturday.
ImpactIt was Smith's first goal of the season. Although he's off to a decent start with two points in three games, Smith is expected to have little to no fantasy value in standard leagues in 2013-14.
Hawks' Ben Smith set to play on Saturday | 10/04/2013 1:40 PM
NewsBen Smith is projected to play Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter
ImpactHe was a healthy scratch for the team's opening contest, but coach Joel Quenneville wants to get all his players into the lineup early into the year. Smith is expected to replace Jimmy Hayes.
Ben Smith cracks Chicago's roster | 09/30/2013 11:56 AM
NewsBen Smith has made Chicago's roster as a role player.
ImpactHe's expected to kill penalties and compete for playing time with Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Bollig on the Blackhawks' third or fourth line. Smith has four goals in 20 career NHL appearances over the past three seasons.
B. Smith has been impressive in training camp | 09/22/2013 11:01 AM
NewsBen Smith has two goals in two preseason games.
ImpactSmith is a strong contender to make the Chicago Blackhawks out of training camp. He's coming off of a strong season where he scored 27 goals and 47 points in 51 AHL games. That being said, we don't think Smith will have much fantasy value in 2013-14 if he does make the team. If he earns a spot with Chicago, it will likely be as a bottom-six forward.
Ben Smith seeks roster spot with Hawks | 09/16/2013 11:37 AM
NewsBen Smith may be able to crack Chicago's roster this season and help out the team's penalty kill unit.
ImpactThe Blackhawks need someone to replace penalty-kill whiz Michael Frolik, who was traded to Winnipeg in the summer, and Smith could be a good option. "I've been trying to show I can block shots over the last couple of days," Smith said. "Any role, obviously, I'd take on this team. But that's something I'd for sure take pride in if called upon." Smith has killed penalties in the AHL with Rockford. Jeremy Morin, who is another training camp hopeful, will get a chance to compete for that role as well.
Ben Smith didn't have typical pre-game prep | 06/19/2013 9:09 AM
NewsBen Smith didn't have much time to prepare for Game 3.
ImpactSmith was inserted into the lineup when Marian Hossa was ruled out due to an upper body injury. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville knew Hossa might not be available, but he kept Smith out of the pregame warm-up in an effort to avoid tipping his hand. "He didn't really have the typical game-day preparation. I don't know if he had a nap or a decent meal. He just came in, put his skates on and jumped into the Stanley Cup Final," Patrick Sharp said of Smith. "For a guy who works as hard as Benny does, to be rewarded like that, and I thought he played great." Smith is likely to play again if Hossa is unavailable for Game 4.
Ben Smith calls sudden Game 3 role 'wild' | 06/18/2013 8:58 AM
NewsBen Smith said he didn't find out he was playing in Game 3 until after pregame warmups.
ImpactSmith was inserted into the lineup when Marian Hossa couldn't go after testing out his upper-body injury in the pregame skate. Hossa's absence forced Joel Quenneville to get extremely creative with his lines. Smith skated with Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland, while Jonathan Toews was flanked by Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik and Patrick Kane played alongside Brandon Saad and Michal Handzus. "It was kind of a wild night," said Smith. "I was just grateful to be a part of it, to get an opportunity. I just wish we could have gotten the win."
Ben Smith centers second line in practice | 05/18/2013 6:21 AM
NewsBen Smith centered the second line in practice Friday.
ImpactSmith replaced Michal Handzus between Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane but Handzus is expected to be back in the Chicago lineup for Game 2 Saturday. It was thought that Smith could play in Game 1 in place of Handzus but Handzus was in his regular spot when the game began and ended up playing 17:01 minutes while winning seven of 11 faceoff draws.
Smith might make 2013 playoff debut Wednesday | 05/15/2013 8:33 AM
NewsBen Smith might be in the Blackhawks' lineup for Game 1 of the second round.
ImpactSmith hasn't played yet in the 2013 postseason, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didn't want to rule out the possibility. Smith practiced on Chicago's second line on Tuesday. "I hope it happens but you can never predict," Smith said about playing. "Those decisions aren't in my control. When I got the call to practice with the team it was obviously thrilling. I'm improving just with these practice days."
Ben Smith on top line in practice Saturday | 05/12/2013 7:29 AM
NewsBen Smith replaced Brandon Saad on the top line in practice on Saturday.
ImpactSmith played alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Smith played most of the season in the minors but was recalled for the last game of the regular season. He scored in the final regular season game, but did not see any action in the first round of the playoffs. Smith was a surprise star in the 2011 playoffs as he scored three times in seven playoff games against the Canucks. The Blackhawks will be very pleased if he is able to come anywhere close to that performance this season.
Ben Smith scores in first NHL game of year | 04/28/2013 12:28 AM
NewsBen Smith scored as the Blackhawks came up short in their 3-1 loss to the Blues on Saturday night.
ImpactIt was his first game of the season. Jeremy Morin and Jimmy Hayes had the helpers.
Chicago calls up Ben Smith | 04/26/2013 4:26 PM
NewsBen Smith has been summoned by the Chicago Blackhawks.
ImpactSmith has 27 goals and 20 assists in 54 AHL contests. He hasn't played in the NHL since Jan. 24, 2012.
|Goals||1||4 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 16||1|
|Assists||1||3 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 16||1|
|Points||2||2 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 16||2|
|Penalty Minutes||2||vs. TB||Nov 11||2|
|Plus/Minus||2||at Bos||Dec 11||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||32 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 16||1|
|Power Play Points||0||32 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 16||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||32 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 16||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||32 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 16||0|
|Shots||5||at Tor||Nov 1||4|
|Penalty Minutes||2||2013-14 (Chi)|
|Power Play Goals||1||2013-14 (Chi)|
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