TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-assigned defenseman Matt Smaby to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. Smaby will join the Admirals in Norfolk as they prepare to face the Philadelphia Phantoms tonight, the first of three games in three nights.
Smaby, 6-foot-5 and 222 pounds, made his NHL debut with the Lightning on October 4 against the New Jersey Devils. He has played in four games with Tampa Bay this season and recorded four penalty minutes with one shot on goal. He made his AHL debut last season with Springfield of the AHL and played in 66 games, tallying two goals and 16 points.
The 22-year-old Minneapolis, Minnesota native captained the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux team that reached the NCAA Frozen Four in consecutive seasons (2004-05, 2005-06). As a junior, Smaby skated in 45 games with the Sioux in 2005-06, scoring four goals and dishing out 15 assists. He was tied for third on the team in plus/minus rating with a plus-20 rating. Smaby was also one of three Sioux to be named to the All-WCHA Third Team.
A three-year letterman, Smaby scored six goals and recorded 29 assists in 128 career games at North Dakota. He ranked second on the team in penalty minutes in 2004-05 with 86. He also led all UND rookie defensemen in games played during the 2003-04 season.
The Lightning selected Smaby in the second round, 41st overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.