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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Jeremy Smith

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, philadelphiaflyers.com will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.


Jeremy Smith
2007 Team: Plymouth (OHL)
Position: Goalie
Catches: Left
Height: 5’11’’
Weight: 160
DOB: 4-13-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 31    W/L: 23-6-1    GAA: 2.59    SV%: .923

Overview:
The top-ranked North American goaltender in this year’s draft, according to Central Scouting, Jeremy Smith is a butterfly goalie that is calm in his net and protects the crease well. He is very positionally sound, stopping the first shot and controlling the rebounds. He is also very hard to beat to the low net. Smith could use improvement on keeping track of the puck through screens as well as challenging the shooter when necessary. He also lacks playoff experience, and he was Plymouth’s backup in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs despite his strong regular season performance.

This year’s draft is light on quality goaltending prospects, but Smith is one that could go to a team looking to strengthen its long-term needs between the pipes in the late first or second round.

Smith was second in the OHL and second among rookie goaltenders during the regular season with a .923 save percentage in 2006-07; had only one loss in his last 18 games of the 2006-07 season, dating back to November 25, 2006; currently holds the fifth longest shutout streak in Plymouth’s franchise history at 151:37 (Oct. 13 - Oct. 29, 2006) - four of his 23 wins this season were shutouts (23-6-0-1); recorded the win at the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game for Team Red, stopping 14 of 15 shots; and won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2006 Under-18 Junior World Cup, posting a .928 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against average.

The Flyers say…
“Jeremy Smith had a very good year and one of the reasons Plymouth had the run that they did was because of its goaltending. He is a decent sized kid who is athletic. Along with Trevor Cann, they are probably the top two goalies in the draft this year.”
– Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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