C.J. Smith had a crowd of reporters waiting for him when he walked into the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room following practice on Thursday afternoon. Not even a week removed from his final collegiate game, he had taken his physical in the morning, met his teammates, participated in his first NHL practice and now had to answer questions about all of it.
To put it all of that in perspective, consider this: Smith had to take an online exam one hour later.
"It's a bit of a whirlwind," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "We introduced him to the team and we told him that afterwards, in addition to his 2 o'clock test, he'd have to remember all the guys' names."