BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, December 18, that the team has placed forward Gemel Smith on waivers and has assigned defenseman Jeremy Lauzon to Providence.
Smith, 24, skated in 3 games with the Bruins this season, after being claimed off waivers from the Dallas Stars on December 6. He played in 14 games with Dallas this season, posting two goals and one assist for three points. He ranked second on the Stars with 1.08 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 play this year. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward recorded a career-best offensive season in 2017-18, notching six goals and five assists for 11 points with a plus-5 rating in 46 appearances. Smith entered the NHL in the 2016-17 season with Dallas, tallying three goals and three assists for six points in 17 games. Smith spent three seasons with Dallas' AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, from 2014-17. In 186 career AHL games, he compiled 35 goals and 51 assists for 86 points with 106 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating.
The Toronto, Ontario native was originally selected by Dallas in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Lauzon, 21, has played 15 games with Boston this season, scoring his first-career NHL goal against the Vegas Golden Knights on November 11. He made his NHL debut on October 25 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He has also appeared in eight games with Providence this season, tallying one goal and three assists for four points. In his first professional season with Providence in 2017-18, the 6-foot-3, 202-pound blueliner skated in 52 games, compiling one goal and six assists for seven points with 38 penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Lauzon played four seasons with Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL from 2013-17. He played in 200 career QMJHL games, totaling 35 goals and 95 assists for 130 points with 282 penalty minutes and a plus-81 rating. \
The Val D'or, Quebec native was originally selected by Boston in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.