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Reilly Smith: 3 Fun Facts

The Golden Knights forward scored a career-high 25 goals playing for Gerard Gallant with the Florida Panthers

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

He's the player the Golden Knights have under contract for the longest.

Reilly Smith.

Five more seasons. Until 2021-22.

And with an annual cap hit of $5 million, it's obvious that the Golden Knights saw the forward as a key part of the team's future when he was acquired from the Florida Panthers during the Expansion Draft.

With two seasons of 20-or-more goals and not yet even 27-years-old, why shouldn't the Golden Knights have faith in Smith? Not to mention, his career-best 25 goals were scored while playing under coach Gerard Gallant with the Panthers in 2015-16.

Here are three other fun facts to get to know Smith better.

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1. Is a goal scorer

At 6-foot, 185 pounds, Smith isn't overly big. Nor is he overly fast, nor does he play a physical brand of hockey.

Plain and simple, Reilly Smith is a goal scorer.

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He's played for the Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers since entering the NHL in 2011-12, and has averaged 18 goals the past four seasons.

Figures to play on one of the Golden Knights' top two lines this season.

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2. Has been involved in high profile trades

Originally a draft pick of the Dallas Stars in 2009, he was traded to the Boston Bruins in 2013 as part of the package of players that sent superstar Tyler Seguin to Texas.

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Two years later, with the Bruins seeking salary cap relief, they shipped the contract of longtime injured, former superstar Marc Savard to the Florida Panthers.

 

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With Savard still under contract but never going to play again due to concussions, the Bruins, who needed salary cap space, sent Savard's contract to the Florida Panthers, who had plenty of salary cap space.

The reasoning for the Panthers was that they would take Savard's contract from the Bruins if Boston threw in a sweetener on the deal.

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That sweetener was Reilly Smith, who has been traded in deals for Tyler Seguin and with the moving of Marc Savard's contract.

3. Has two older brothers who are pro athletes

Has one brother, Brendan, who is a defenseman for the New York Rangers. His other brother, Rory, plays professional lacrosse for the Vancouver Stealth in the National Lacrosse League.

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