Jalen Smereck

by Keith Duggan on April 15, 2018

 

 

 

Jalen Smereck, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 195

Born: 1997-1-15

Hometown:  Detroit, MI

Drafted: Signed as a FA - Arizona Coyotes 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

April 2018- After starting the season with the Tucson Roadrunners, where Smereck didn't see much playing time suiting up for just two games, he was returned to Flint to play one last season of junior. On his return to Flint he was named the Firebirds captain and led the team's defenseman in points with 34 (10 goals, 24 assists). With Flint's season ending in March, Smereck was called back up and he joined Tucson once again but hasn't seen any game action in the AHL. Keith Duggan

April 2017- With the OHL's Flint Firebirds season over, Jalen Smereck will now join the Coyotes AHL affiliate, Tucson Roadrunners to finish the 2016-17 campaign off and begin his pro career. Smereck earned his contract with the Coyotes, participating in the team’s development camp last summer as an invite, joining the organization for rookie camp in September on an amateur tryout, and even appeared in one preseason game before returning to Flint. Soon after returning to the OHL, he was signed by the Coyotes to a three-year, entry-level contract, becoming the first player signed right out of the Flint Firebirds organization. Passed over in two NHL Entry Drafts and selected 299th overall in the 2013 OHL draft, along with hailing from Detroit, Smereck is defying the odds as he pushes himself up the ever-growing Coyotes prospect depth chart. He just completed a strong season in the OHL, producing nine goals and 45 points in 60 games for Flint, fifth on the Firebirds in scoring. Smereck was awarded the ‘Blue Collar Worker’ and ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ honors at the Flint Firebirds awards banquet. He plays a rugged game, despite being only average size (6-1, 195) and loves to look for the open hit as forwards cut across the blueline. Smereck moves well on the backend and has proven to be a solid offensive contributor too, seeing time on the powerplay and looking to jump up or lead the rush. With his average size, the development of his offensive game will be key to him becoming a serious NHL prospect. Keith Duggan

Fantasy Outlook: C+

There is some raw potential in Smereck’s game but he’s going to take a few years in the AHL first.

 

 

Footage:

The unlikely journey of Jalen Smereck

 

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