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April 2022- It’s been a whirlwind last few days for Nathan Smith. On Saturday, he was on the ice at TD Garden in Boston, playing in the NCAA men’s hockey national championship game with Minnesota State. Soon after the 5-1 loss to Denver, Smith was on a plane to Mankato, Minnesota, where he slept and packed his belonging before boarding another flight to Arizona that landed early Monday morning. Hours later, Smith was practicing with his new teammates after signing a two-year, entry-level contract with the Coyotes. On Tuesday night, he will play his first NHL game with his family in the stands when the Yotes host the New Jersey Devils. He just finished an outstanding offensive year with the Mavericks, putting up a 19-goal, 31-assist season. Smith finished with the second-most points and third highest assists among NCAA players. This is the opportunity Smith wanted and did not see happening with Winnipeg. With two of the Coyotes top goal scorers out with injuries (Clayton Keller and Lawson Crouse) and the team in the midst of a rebuild, Smith should see some quality ice time. Not only in Arizona’s final 10 games this year but next season too. Keith Duggan

March 2022- A day after trading for Jack McBain’s rights, the Coyotes acquired another top NCAA player, this time Nathan Smith from Winnipeg. Along with Smith’s rights, the Coyotes also acquire Bryan Little, who has not played an NHL game since November 2019, for a 2022 fourth-round pick. Much like McBain with the Wild, Smith reportedly had no plans to sign with Winnipeg. The 23-year-old is currently in his junior year at Minnesota State-Mankato and if unsigned, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 18 goals and 31 assists over 34 games so far this season as the top seeded Mavericks are about to begin play in the 2022 D1 Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. Smith also played with Team USA at the Olympics, where he recorded a goal and two points in four games and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. “We are excited to acquire Nate” Arizona GM Bill Armstrong said after the trade. “He is a very skilled two-way center who is relentless and competes hard every night. We are very happy to acquire his rights and look forward to him joining the Coyotes organization.” Keith Duggan

April 2020 – Smith made a solid first impression in his rookie year in the NCAA. He tallied 27 points in 35 games and earned 2019-20 WCHA All-Rookie Team honors. He continues to be an intriguing prospect, having not started his ice hockey journey until the age of 11. Smith seems to have that mental toughness where no matter the obstacle, he’s willing to put in the work to earn his spot at the next level. Jamie Zadow

April 2019 – Smith is a highly skilled center with great hands that can seemingly make something happen out of nothing. After two solid campaigns in the USHL, he will get a taste of NCAA hockey as he is set to join Minnesota State University (Mankato) in the fall. Jamie Zadow

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.2
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 18, 1998
Height 6‘0”
Weight 177 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 3; Overall: 91

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Tampa Scorpions 16U AA16U AA- - -- -|        
 2014-2015 River Ridge High USHS-FL17 26 2046 28|        
 2015-2016 Mitchell High USHS-FL15 41 4586 59|        
  Tampa Scorpions 18U AA18U AA- - -- -|        
 2016-2017 Mitchell High USHS-FL13 21 2344 22|Playoffs2 4 48
  Tampa Scorpions 18U AA18U AA- - -- -|        
  Aberdeen WingsNAHL4 1 12 18|        
 2017-2018 Cedar Rapids RoughRidersUSHL51 17 3047 84|