Looking to solidify the goaltender position for future years, the SCSU Huskies have apparently received a commitment from Jeff Smith, currently with the Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. Smith announced via Twitter on Monday evening “Excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University. Thanks to everyone who has help me along the way”.
Smith left the UMass-Lowell hockey program in June of 2015 after one season with the River Hawks. He had committed to UMass-Lowell after a stellar 2013-14 campaign with Powell River compiling a 19-9-1 record and a 2.24 GAA and .923 SV%. His stock with the NHL Central Scouting Services took off and he was ranked as the 19th top North American goaltender in their final ranking in 2014. Smith appeared to be on his way as the heir apparent to top goaltender Connor Hellebuyck joining the squad perhaps a year earlier than originally thought. Smith ended up playing in eight games recording a 3.02 GAA and .885 SV% and found himself the backup to Kevin Boyle, the current starter for the River Hawks.
Smith returned to Powell River for the 2015-16 season and has put together a solid season currently logging a .926 SV% and 2.54 GAA with a 23-12-0 record for the BCHL team. The 6’2″ 190 pound Smith is described as having good size with good athleticism and good composure. He’ll enter SCSU as a sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining.
Smith joins junior Charlie Lindgren and first-year goaltender David Zevnik of Lakeville, MN on the 2016-17 season roster. The Huskies have also received a commitment from Zach Driscoll of Apple Valley, MN in March of 2014. He is currently in his first year with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. Driscoll has been sharing goaltender duties with Anthony Brodeur and has played in 24 games recording a .929 SV% and 2.02 GAA. Driscoll has been listed as a 2016-17 recruit for the Huskies.