Following in the of Pierre Lacroix, Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman maybe have found a late-round gem in Kamloops forward Colin Smith.
The seventh-round, 192nd pick has been lighting up the WHL for the first place Blazers. Through 25 games, Smith is second in the league with 49 points. Only teammate JC Lipon (50) has more points. Centering Lipon and Tim Bozon, Smith has racked up a league-high 33 assists.
After getting only 50 points as a 17 year old, the Edmonton was not drafted in 2011, his first eligible year. Another possible reason for being overlooked is his height, being listed at only 5'10". Using that as motivation, Smith finished the 2011-12 season 14th in points with 85. Defensively, he went from -21 to +31.
Recently, he had a five-point game in a 6-4 home win against the second-best team in the league, the Portland Winterhawks.
Despite being passed over in the draft and small in stature, Smith is turning into a high-level playmaker and, hopefully, can keep it up in the future.Tags: Colin Smith, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, NHL