Adirondack Thunder Sign Former Maine Black Bear Ryan Smith

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On Thursday September 10th, the Adirondack Thunder announced the signing of American forward Ryan Smith., The two sides agreed to terms on a standard player contract for the upcoming season. Smith becomes the team’s ninth forward and third rookie signed for 2020-21.

Ryan Smith Signs In Adirondack

When looking at a guy like Ryan Smith, he’s not a guy who will produce much offensively, but will help in other ways on the ice. Last season, he was a huge part of Maine’s penalty kill, which was ranked sixth in Hockey East when down a man. Ryan played four years with the Black Bears, including his senior season when he named as an alternate.

During those four years, the forward racked up 18 goals along with 17 assists for 35 points. He did so in 126 games. He’s only had a double-digit total once between his six years split between the USHL and college.

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As previously mentioned, he’s going to help an Adirondack penalty kill which was 12th in the league last year at 81.9%. Besides that, expect Smith to be a depth forward for the Thunder who will be a specialist on Adirondack’s power play. It would be nice to see him rack up 20-25 points this season despite barley reaching double-digits throughout his college career.

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