Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Smith
Defenseman Steve Smith was selected in the first round, 16th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. Smith enjoyed a solid three-year junior career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and also played in the 1980 Memorial Cup tournament with the Peterborough Petes.

A lot was expected of Smith coming out of junior, as evidenced by the fact he was taken before the likes of Chris Chelios in the draft. However, in five years with the Flyers organization, Smith was only able to crack the lineup on 15 occasions.

In 1988, the Flyers left Smith unprotected and he was taken by the Buffalo Sabres in the October Waiver Draft. He played three games with the Sabres, but again was unable to earn a starting spot in the lineup. After a couple of seasons in the AHL with the Rochester Americans, Smith opted to try his hand at playing in Europe, playing for SG Brunico of the Italian League.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Belleville Bobcats ON-Jr.B 41 8 25 33 105
1979-80 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 5 0 3 3 0
1979-80 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 4 2 1 3 8
1980-81 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL 61 3 37 40 143 19 0 6 6 60
1981-82 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 50 7 20 27 179 12 0 2 2 23
1981-82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 0 1 1 0 -2
1982-83 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 55 11 33 44 139 16 0 8 8 28
1983-84 Springfield Indians AHL 70 4 25 29 77 4 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 7 +2
1984-85 Hershey Bears AHL 65 10 20 30 83
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -1
1985-86 Hershey Bears AHL 49 1 11 12 96 16 2 4 6 43
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 6 -2
1986-87 Hershey Bears AHL 66 11 26 37 191 5 0 2 2 8
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Hershey Bears AHL 66 10 19 29 132 12 2 10 12 35
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 48 2 12 14 79
1989-90 Rochester Americans AHL 42 3 15 18 107 17 0 5 5 27
1990-91 Rochester Americans AHL 37 2 4 6 74 5 0 0 0 4
1991-92 Rochester Americans AHL 3 1 0 1 0
1991-92 EK Zell am See Austria 28 11 6 17
1992-93 SG Brunico Alpenliga 30 12 24 36 20
1992-93 SG Brunico Italy 16 6 21 27 4 4 10 6 16 0
NHL Totals 18 0 1 1 15


OHL Second All-Star Team (1981,1982, 1983) Claimed by Buffalo from Philadelphia in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988.