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28 Ben Smith RW
Height/Weight: 5-11/207 | Birthdate: 7/11/1988 | Birthplace: Winston-Salem, NC, USA | Team: Chicago Blackhawks | College: Boston College | NHL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 220.00
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10/24/2014

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Ben Smith

Hawks' Smith Nets First Goal

News: Ben Smith scored on his only shot of the night in a 3-2 loss to the Predators on Thursday.
Analysis: In his first full season, Ben Smith netted 14 goals last year. It took him six games to record his first point this season, and skating mainly on the team's fourth line, he likely won't see a big spike in his numbers from a year ago.

6/27/2014

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Ben Smith

Hawks' Smith Signs Two-Year Extension

News: Ben Smith, who was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, signed a two-year contract extension Friday to stay with the Blackhawks, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: The new contract is worth $1.5 million per year. Ben Smith, a 2008 sixth-round draft pick by the Hawks, played his first full season in the NHL this past season. He accumulated 14 goals and a dozen assists and was a plus-3 in 75 regular season games. Smith was mainly used on the fourth line, but saw some time as the second-line center in the playoffs.

5/29/2014

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Ben Smith

Blackhawks' Smith Sends Game To Overtime

News: Ben Smith tied Wednesday's game against the Kings with a third-period goal, his third of the postseason. The Blackhawks would go on to win, 5-4, in double overtime.
Analysis: After the Kings had scored three unanswered goals to take a one-score lead at the end of the second period, Ben Smith answered quickly in the third to delay Los Angeles' advancement to the Stanley Cup Finals. Brandon Saad put a shot on goal, with Smith then scooping up the rebound and finding the back of the net at the 1:17 mark. Smith has five points this postseason and should remain a fourth-line player for the Blackhawks for the remainder of the series.

4/26/2014

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Ben Smith

Hawks' Smith Notches First '14 Playoff Goal

News: Ben Smith scored his first 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoff goal on Friday night the Blackhawks' 3-2 victory in overtime.
Analysis: It was his first goal since the last regular season game against Nashville on April 12. While also owning one assist in the first five games of the playoffs, Ben Smith has been instrumental in other ways on the ice, especially with his flexibility to play at center or the wing.

4/5/2014

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Ben Smith

Smith Game-Winner Leads Chicago To Victory

News: Ben Smith scored a game-winning goal with just four seconds remaining in the third period Friday against the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Ben Smith now has goals in back-to-back games, seeing over 18 minutes of ice time in each contest. Although that sort of production probably isn't enough to qualify yet as a hot streak, Smith is worth monitoring while he continues to log heavy minutes.

3/17/2014

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Ben Smith

Rare Two-Point Night For Hawks' Smith

News: Ben Smith tallied a goal and an assist in Sunday's win over the Red Wings.
Analysis: The fourth-liner doesn't factor into the Blackhawks' scoring mix too often, but he certainly made his presence felt Sunday, registering his first game-winning goal of the season. The goal snapped his pointless skid at four games.

2/11/2014

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Ben Smith

Blackhawks' Smith Has 17 Points At Break

News: Ben Smith has seven goals and 10 assists in 53 games for the Blackhawks this season.
Analysis: Locked into a fourth-line role through most of the season, Ben Smith hasn't had much of a chance to make an offensive impact this season aside from a seven-point month of November. As a player who doesn't contribute much in the way of blocks (34) and hits (18), Smith offers little to get excited about when he's not scoring.

1/2/2014

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Ben Smith

Hawks' Smith Ends Goal Drought Against Islanders

News: Ben Smith ended an 11-game goal drought with a third-period goal that tied the game at two against the Islanders on Thursday night.
Analysis: With the goal Ben Smith has five on the season as he continues to set his mark in his first full season in the NHL. Before this season Smith played in only 20 games in parts of three seasons. He also has contributed eight assists in the 36 games skated in the 2013-14 season.

12/7/2013

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Ben Smith

Smith Scores In Chicago Loss

News: Ben Smith scored Chicago's first goal in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim, his sixth goal of the season.
Analysis: Ben Smith doesn't make a huge impact offensively with 10 points through 24 games, but he's used in more of a checking role by the Hawks.

10/22/2013

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Ben Smith

Hawks' Smith Takes Shot At Regular Spot In Lineup

News: Ben Smith will dress for Tuesday's game against the Panthers with the hope of sticking, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: With the demotion of Joakim Nordstrom to Rockford of the AHL the other day, Ben Smith will be back on the ice and will try to show that he should remain in the lineup. Smith has a goal and an assist in four games this season.

10/4/2013

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Ben Smith

Blackhawks' Smith To Play Saturday

News: Coach Joel Quenneville said Ben Smith will play Saturday against the Lightning, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Quenneville said he wants to make sure everybody on the roster gets some ice time early on, so Ben Smith will slot into lineup after sitting out the opener as a healthy scratch. He's likely to replace Jimmy Hayes in the lineup and should see around 10 minutes of ice time.

9/20/2013

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Ben Smith

Smith Making Big Play For Hawks' Roster

News: Ben Smith continued to have a good showing in the early going of the preseason as he filled up the stats sheet on Thursday in the Blackhawks' 4-3 shootout loss to the Penguins, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Ben Smith did not look good in training camp, but has two goals in the first two Blackhawks preseason games. Smith had a goal, an assist, a plus-2 rating, three takeaways and two blocked shots against the Penguins.

6/17/2013

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Ben Smith

Hawks' Smith Replaces Hossa In Game 3 Lineup

News: Ben Smith will see his first NHL action since April 27 as he suited up on Monday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Ben Smith skated for the Blackhawks on April 27 in the last regular season game against the Blues. He gets the call after Marian Hossa was a late scratch with an undetermined injury. It will be his first appearance in an NHL playoff game since the 2010-11 season, and he did well then with three goals in seven games, all against the Canucks. The 24-year-old forward posted a career-high 47 points for Rockford of the AHL.

5/15/2013

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Ben Smith

Hawks' Smith Could Dress Wednesday Night

News: Ben Smith practiced with the fourth line in Tuesday's practice and could be skating in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals on Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Ben Smith was working with the top four lines on Tuesday while Viktor Stalberg wore the white jersey on the fifth line. The 24-year-old forward posted a career-high 47 points for Rockford of the AHL. If Smith skates Wednesday night, it will be his first appearance in a NHL playoff game since the 2010-11 season and he did well with three goals in seven games, all against the Canucks.

4/28/2013

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Ben Smith

Hawks' Smith Scores In Return To NHL

News: Ben Smith, who was called up Friday from Rockford of the AHL, scored the Blackhawks' lone goal in the 3-1 loss to the Blues.
Analysis: The Blackhawks sat down many of their starters and Ben Smith made his first appearance since Jan. 24, 2012. The 24-year-old forward posted a career-high 47 points for Rockford of the AHL.

4/26/2013

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Ben Smith

Blackhawks Recall Winger Smith

News: Ben Smith was called up from AHL Rockford on Friday.
Analysis: Ben Smith is coming off a season in which he posted a career-high 47 points for Rockford, good for fourth on the squad. He's unlikely to be included on the team's postseason roster.

7/23/2012

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Ben Smith

Chicago's Smith Should Be Ready For Camp

News: Ben Smith (hip) should be ready for the start of training camp after undergoing endoscopic surgery last March, CSN Chicago reports via Twitter.
Analysis: Ben Smith underwent surgery on his hip and had to wear a brace for six to seven weeks after the operation. He scored two goals in 13 games for the Blackhawks before his season ended.

6/19/2012

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Ben Smith

Blackhawks Re-sign Smith For Two Years

News: Ben Smith signed a two-year contract with the Blackhawks on Monday, ESPNChicago reports.
Analysis: Ben Smith, 23, has six goals in parts of two seasons with the Blackhawks, including an overtime game-winning tally in Game 6 of the 2011 playoffs against Vancouver. He started and finished the 2011-2012 season with injuries but had 15 goals in 38 games with Rockford of the AHL this past year. He had endoscopic surgery in March to repair a right hip labral tear and a hernia. It was expected to take four months to recover after the surgery.

3/8/2012

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Ben Smith

Chicago's Smith To Undergo Surgery

News: Ben Smith will undergo endoscopic surgery next Thursday to repair a right hip labral tear and a hernia, the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Analysis: Ben Smith, who has recorded two goals in 13 games with Chicago this season, is done for the season, with about a four-month recovery from his procedure on tap.

1/25/2012

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Ben Smith

Blackhawks' Smith Re-Assigned To AHL Rockford

News: The Blackhawks have re-assigned Ben Smith to AHL Rockford, the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Analysis: Ben Smith has recorded two goals in 13 games for Chicago this season. He is also tied for second on the IceHogs with 12 goals in 22 contests in the AHL.

1/17/2012

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Ben Smith

Blackhawks Recall Smith

News: The Blackhawks have recalled Ben Smith, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Ben Smith was just send down last week, but with Daniel Carcillo undergoing knee surgery, he's right back with the Blackhawks. The 23-year-old has been outstanding for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL this season (21 points in 22 games), but he's only produced two points in nine games with the Blackhawks. Fantasy owners should be wary, but Smith is a player to keep an eye on.

1/13/2012

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Ben Smith

Blackhawks Demote Smith

News: The Blackhawks have assigned Ben Smith to AHL Rockford, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Ben Smith, who has two goals in nine games with Chicago to date, was sent down to open up a spot for the return of Marcus Kruger.

1/9/2012

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Ben Smith

Chicago Plans To Recall Smith

News: Ben Smith will be recalled by the Blackhawks from AHL Rockford, the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Analysis: Ben Smith will bolster the Chicago forward ranks, with Patrick Sharp now slated to miss 3-4 weeks.

12/17/2011

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Ben Smith

Blackhawks Assign Smith To AHL Rockford

News: The Blackhawks assigned Ben Smith to AHL Rockford on Saturday, according to the team's official Twitter page.
Analysis: Ben Smith's demotion means Daniel Carcillo (undisclosed) will likely return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Flames. While Smith will play with Rockford for now, he'll garner consideration next time the Blackhawks need to add a forward to the roster.

12/12/2011

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Ben Smith

Blackhawks Send Smith To AHL

News: The Blackhawks have assigned Ben Smith to AHL Rockford, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Ben Smith recorded one point (goal) in seven games with the Blackhawks this season and he has two points in 13 career NHL games. He'll have time to work on his game in Rockford, which is where he should stay barring injury.