Matt Smaby
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 6"
BIRTHDATE: 10/14/1984
BIRTHPLACE: Minneapolis, MN, USA
DRAFTED: TBL: 2003-41 overall
Missed majority of 2009-10 due to various injuries and as a healthy reserve. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to off-ice ankle injury and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim. July 14, 2011. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to pre-season thumb injury at Vancouver, September 24, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Munchen (Germany), June 6, 2013.
Appeared in his fifth professional season with Syracuse (AHL) in 2011-12, scoring 2-7=9 points with a career-high +12 rating and 46 PIM in 30 games…despite playing less than half the season in Syracuse, ranked second on the club in plus/minus…was a plus-or-even in 24 of his 30 appearances…scored his first goal since Nov. 26, 2008 in his season debut on Jan. 7, 2012 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton…suffered a thumb injury during the 2011 preseason with Anaheim, which caused him to miss over three months of regular season action…appeared in his fourth NHL season with Tampa Bay in 2010-11, going scoreless with a +2 rating and 17 PIM in 32 games…was a plus-or-even in 28 of his 32 games with the Lightning…played his 100th career NHL game, Dec. 11 @ VAN…appeared in his third NHL season with Tampa Bay in 2009-10, earning 0-2=2 points with 27 PIM in 33 games…ranked sixth on the team with 41 blocked shots and eighth with 69 hits…missed 12 games due to injury…also played seven games with Norfolk (AHL), recording 0-2=2 points with nine PIM…appeared in his second NHL campaign with Tampa Bay in 2008-09, collecting 0-4=4 points with 50 PIM in 43 games…established NHL career highs in points, assists, games played and PIM…also set a career high in TOI (19:05) while playing the final portion of the season with a broken bone in his foot…finished fourth among NHL rookie defensemen with 20-or-more games played in average TOI…ranked fourth on Tampa Bay and first among team defensemen in hits (122)…also ranked fourth overall on the Lightning in blocked shots (68)…logged a career-high 26:00 TOI, Apr. 3 @ NJ…recorded his first NHL point with an assist, Dec. 27 vs. FLA…played 25 games with Norfolk, netting 2-4=6 points with 30 PIM…made his NHL debut with Tampa Bay in 2007-08…went scoreless with 12 PIM in 14 games…debuted with the Lightning on Oct. 4 vs. NJ, recording 6:15 TOI…played the majority of the season with Norfolk, registering 1-5=6 points with 66 PIM in 58 games…made his professional debut with Springfield (AHL) in 2006-07…tallied 2-14=16 points with 43 PIM in 66 games…scored his first professional goal on his first shot, Oct. 7 @ Hartford…played three seasons with the University of North Dakota (WCHA) from 2003-06, earning 6-23=29 points with 280 PIM in 127 career games…captained the Fighting Sioux to the NCAA Frozen Four in consecutive seasons in 2005 and 2006.