Smith was named BC's top freshman last season and
the school's top freshman male scholar-athlete.
Key Statistics: Smith
played all 42 games as an Eagle freshman, and his 10
goals and eight assists ranked him eighth on the team's
scoring chart (tops among rookies).
What He Does: Smith
has a great understanding of the game and the ability
to play multiple roles, as evidenced by his moves from
fourth line to first during his freshman season. He's
a shade under six feet tall, but he's impressed his
coaches with his off-ice work and is a solid 205 pounds,
which allows him to play a physical game.
The Bigger Picture: When
head coach Jerry York moved Brian Boyle back to defense
late last season, it was Smith he tabbed to center Nate
Gerbe and Brock Bradford. He responded, recording 4-6—10
in his last eight games. While that top line may not
be set in stone, Smith's role as an offensive weapon
is expected to continue in 2007-08.
Boston College head coach Jerry
York on Smith: "When we moved Brian back
on D, we were looking for someone to step up and play
between two really high profile players. He really impressed
all of us as a coaching staff. He had been very effective
on the third or fourth line for us, but we saw a whole
new side to his game."