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JASON SMITH

#21

Defense

Born 11/02/1973

Calgary, AB

Height: 6' 3"

Weight: 208 lbs

Shoots: Left

·          New Jersey's 1st pick in the 1992 Entry Draft (18th Overall).

·          Traded to Toronto along with Steve Sullivan and the rights to Alyn McCauley for Doug Gilmour, Dave Ellett and a conditional draft choice, February 25, 1997.

·          Traded to Edmonton for a 4th round pick in 1999 Entry Draft and a 2nd round pick in 2000 Entry Draft, March 23, 1999.

·          Named Team Captain September 27, 2001.

·          Traded along with Joffrey Lupul to Philadelphia for Joni Pitkanen, Geoff Sanderson and a 3rd round pick in 2009 Entry Draft, July 1, 2007.

·          Longest serving Captain in Oilers’ history.

 

 OILERS' STATS:

SEASON:

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1998-99

12

1

1

2

11

1999-00

80

3

11

14

60

1999-00

82

5

15

20

120

2001-02

74

5

13

18

103

2002-03

68

4

8

12

64

2003-04

68

7

12

19

98

2005-06

76

4

13

17

84

2006-07

82

2

9

11

103

TOTALS:

542

31

82

113

643

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYOFFS:

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1998-99

4

0

1

1

4

1999-00

5

0

1

1

4

1999-00

6

0

2

2

6

2001-02

---

---

---

---

---

2002-03

6

0

0

0

19

2003-04

---

---

---

---

---

2005-06

24

1

4

5

16

2006-07

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TOTALS:

45

1

8

9

49

 

 

 

 

Smith made his NHL debut with the Devils in 1993-94 while also playing for the AHL's Albany River Rats.  He missed the majority of the next season because of a knee injury but came back to captain the River Rats to a Calder Cup championship in 1995, the year the Devils took home Lord Stanley.  Smith then moved up to the NHL for good, playing with the Devils until 1997 when he was dealt to the Maple Leafs.

 

 

After a few years in Toronto, Smith was traded to the Oilers in 1999 and settled in to his new club, becoming the captain for the 2001-02 season after Doug Weight was traded to the St. Louis Blues.  Smith followed in the captaincy footsteps of such Oiler greats as Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Kevin Lowe.

 

 

The 2003-04 season marked Smith's fifth with the Oilers.  Known more for his gritty play, Smith surpassed the 700-games played plateau in 2003-04 and continues to be one of the teams leaders both on and off the ice.

 

 

Following a year away from NHL hockey due to the lock out year, Smith would lead a surprising Oiler team as captain into the NHL Stanley Cup Finals in 2006.  However, after a grueling seven game series the Edmonton Oilers would finish one win shy of the Stanley Cup after being defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes.

 

 

In 2006-07, the Oilers struggled and failed to qualify for the playoffs.  During the off-season the club began to rebuild and dealt Captain Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Joni Pitkanen and forward Geoff Sanderson.