Smith has gone from a defenseman to a forward and back to a defenseman since entering the NHL during the 2011-12 season.
The Detroit Red Wings selected the native of Mimico, Ontario, in the first round (No. 27) of the 2007 NHL Draft. He attended the University of Wisconsin for three seasons before turning pro and signing with the Red Wings on May 27, 2010. He played all of the 2010-11 season with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and began 2011-12 there but was called up after the Red Wings traded defenseman Mike Commodore and made his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 27, 2011. He scored his first NHL goal against the Minnesota Wild on March 2, 2012.