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Smilianic has a laser for a shot and uses it often. He has played center or on the wing with the USNTDP team but he could move to the wing fulltime at the next level.


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May 2022 – Smilanic may have struggled to produce as a sophomore with Quinnipiac (13 goals and 23 points in 41 games) but he was used in a very limited role by his coaches, to his frustration. As a result, he will transfer to Wisconsin for next season, per Jeff Marek, an organization very familiar with the Canadiens due to their development of Cole Caufield and Jack Gorniak in recent years. Fantasy managers may consider taking a risk in adding Smilanic to their ranks before his stock has the chance to rise with the increased role he will get with the Badgers because Smilanic’s scoring ability paired with his defensive awareness and intelligence in transition lay the groundwork for a player who could eventually turn into a middle-six goalscorer with value off the puck. However, there remains a lot of unknowns in Smilanic as he hasn’t been given the opportunity to truly shine in college just yet. However, if he can continue to develop his strengths and add a tendency to attack the middle more consistently, the Habs may very well have turned Ben Chiarot into a first-round pick and one of their two or three best center prospects. Sebastian High

March 2022 – Smilanic has been traded to the Montreal Canadiens in a swap involving Ben Chiarot. His scoring has regressed this season, his second with Quinnipiac in the NCAA, and he hasn’t really taken that step forward that fantasy managers wanted to see from him. Nevertheless, Montreal has a comparably weak prospect pipeline to Florida’s, so Smilanic is still in the mix as one of the Canadiens’ top prospects down the middle. He’ll need to show more consistency with his scoring in the near future to reestablish his NHL trajectory. Ben Gehrels


January 2021 – It has been a strong start for the product of Denver, Colorado. Skating in his inaugural season with Quinnipiac University, the Freshman sits third among U19 skaters with eight points (6G + 2A). Smilanic, a third-round-pick for the Panthers, is proving his worth at the Collegiate level and showing that his above-average scoring ability can translate to higher ranks. He is not overly aggressive in nature and tends to shy away from the dirty areas. However, he plays well in his own zone and can transition well to the offensive, keeping himself open to sniff out loose pucks and gun for potential scoring opportunities. So far, he has lived up to his mid-draft hype, and then some. Dave Hall


October 2020 – Smilanic was drafted 74th overall by the Panthers. Smilanic is expected to spend at least two years in college before turning pro.  Jokke Nevalainen


October 2019 – Smilanic is a goal-scorer. Simple as that. He has a deadly shot. Whether it’s a one-time bomb or a lightning-quick snap shot. He locates his shot well and changes his shot angle with curls and drags thrown into his shooting motion. His playmaking goes unheralded because he generally doesn’t refrain from shooting the puck but when he sees a teammate in a prime scoring area, he is able to showcase his crisp passing and excellent puck skills. He isn’t going to develop into a Selke Trophy candidate but he does a decent job defensively. He is a fairly average defensive center overall. He is in passing lanes and he skates well which helps him stay in front of defenders at the blue line, often forcing passes. He doesn’t excel in any area in his own end but also doesn’t seem to struggle in any great capacity. Smilanic is a dependable sniper who can hold his own in the possession department. Watch for him to be near the top of the scoring leaders among the USNTDP players. Pat Quinn

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 20, 2002
Height 6‘1”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 3; Overall: 74


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Winnipeg Jr. Jets (Brick)Brick Invitational6 5 16 6|Playoffs2 0 11
 2013-2014 Colorado Thunderbirds QC Int PW2 0 11 0|        
 2014-2015 Little Caesars 13U AAAHPHL 13U23 24 1438 4|        
  Detroit Jr. Red Wings QC Int PW6 3 47 6|        
  West Coast Selects U13WSI U139 5 49 0|        
 2015-2016 Belle Tire 14U AAAT1EHL 14U12 3 25 2|Playoffs4 1 23
  West Coast Selects U14WSI U149 6 612 0|        
  All American Prospects U15WSI U155 2 24 2|        
 2016-2017 Colorado Thunderbirds 16U AAAT1EHL 16U32 10 2030 20|Playoffs5 3 25
  West Coast Selects U15WSI U159 3 69 0|        
 2017-2018 Colorado Thunderbirds 16U AAAT1EHL 16U37 25 3560 36|        
  Team Teal USA-S153 1 23 -|        
 2018-2019 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL33 9 817 10|Playoffs2 0 33
  U.S. National U17 TeamNTDP54 20 1838 22|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamNTDP1 1 01 0|        
  USA U17WHC-175 2 13 2|        
 2019-2020 U.S. National U18 TeamNTDP34 7 1522 10|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL12 3 69 4|        
 2020-2021 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA29 14 721 10|        
 2021-2022 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA41 13 1023 34|        
  USA U20 WJC-20 Cancelled0 0 00 0|        
 2022-2023 Univ. of WisconsinNCAA14 1 12 7|        
 2023-2024 Trois-Rivières LionsECHL31 1 67 16|