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Richard Smith

Richard Smith  #23

Defenseman
NUMBER: 23 BIRTHDATE: June 29, 1948
BIRTHPLACE: Kingston, ON, Canada
DRAFTED: BOS / 1966 NHL Amateur Draft
ROUND: 2nd   (7th overall)
OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1967, 1968) Traded to California by Boston with Reggie Leach and Bob Stewart for Carol Vadnais and Don O'Donoghue, February 23, 1972. Selected by Miami-Philadelphia (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Philadelphia (WHA) for Bill Young, cash and future considerations, May, 1972. Traded to St. Louis by California for cash, October 22, 1975. Traded to Boston by St. Louis for Joe Zanussi, December 20, 1976. Claimed by Detroit from Boston in Waiver Draft, October 10, 1980. Claimed on waivers by Washington from Detroit, November 7, 1980.
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I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season