Bruins claim forward Gemel Smith off waivers from Dallas
TAMPA — Hoping to add some jump to their bottom-six forward group, the Bruins claimed winger Gemel Smith, who had been placed on waivers by the Dallas Stars Wednesday.
Thursday afternoon, the Stars tweeted a video of Smith, a 2012 fourth-rounder, saying goodbye to the only NHL organization he has known.
He was not expected to play for Boston Thursday in Tampa, but could join the club for Saturday’s game against Toronto at TD Garden.
Smith, 24, is a strong skater who can play center but has been used as a wing. A left shot, he is 5 feet 11 inches and 190 pounds.
With career totals of 11 goals and 9 assists in 77 NHL games, he has seen his ice time in Dallas drop over his three seasons, from 13:35 to 9:26 to 8:01 this year. He has two goals and one assist in 14 games this season, having been a healthy scratch in about half the Stars’ games.
The Bruins have had a better look at Smith than most teams. In two games against Boston last month, Smith squeezed off three shots and landed two hits.
The Toronto-raised Smith has a brother, Givani, who plays for Detroit.
He has one fight this season, a bout with Winnipeg’s Brendan Lemieux on Nov. 2.
After playing three seasons with OHL Owen Sound, he finished his junior career with London, where he was teammates with future pros Mitch Marner, Max Domi, Chris Tierney, and Bo Horvat.
In 29 games with London, he posted an 11-16—27 line, ending his junior career at 89-114—203 in 264 games. In the AHL, he put up a 35-51—86 line in 186 games over three seasons.