Sabres Smith think he'll get a good look to try to make the team

September 17, 2019 - 1:20 pm
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - C.J. Smith had a good training camp last season, but was still sent to Rochester. The same promises were made last season that have been made this season, if you perform, you'll be rewarded. Smith said, "It's something I just put in the back of my mind and don't really think about it, I've just got to worry about this camp as it's obviously a new coach and new opportunity so I just have to take advantage of what's given to me right now."

Smith gets a real good opportunity in Columbus as he'll be with Sam Reinhart and Casey Mittelstadt. He said he couldn't ask for more, "Yes, I'm real excited with the opportunity I'm getting tonight, they're really good and it's a big opportunity for me."

Smith got 11 games with the Sabres last season scoring two goals. In 62 games with Rochester he netted 28 goals and 30 assists for 58 points. Smith thought when he got his NHL opportunity, he made the most of it, "I thought I did well, there's things out of my control, so I'm just hoping to get more of a consistent opportunity this year."

Ralph Krueger has maintained from the start that the best players will win the jobs. He said that pertains to Smith too, "All players have come in here with a clean slate in their minds. I don't feel much of the past influencing what we do now.

"They all realize that they have a true opportunity here with performance to work themselves up to different roles within the organization."

Join me and Brian Koziol for the pregame starting at 6:45 when he'll be joined by C.J. Smith.

Tonight's lineup:

Smith Mittelstadt Reinhart

Pekar Sobotka Okposo

Olofsson Asplund Olson

Wilson Ruotsalainen Dea

McCabe Borgen

Hickey Fitzgerald

Bryson Montour

Jokiharju

Ullmark

Hammond

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