Nathan Smith is a 5’11” 177 lbs left shooting centre from the States (Florida) who played for Cedar Rapids of the USHL and is committed to Minnesota State Univ (Mankato) for next season.
Rankings ahead of draft:
Ranked #92 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
Ranked #165 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Chris Peters who is a prospect analyst for ESPN had this to say:
Winnipeg landing Nathan Smith is a really interesting one. He was playing Florida high school hockey in 2016-17. Made the jump into the USHL with Cedar Rapids and despite the huge gap in competition put up 47 points in 51. This could be another one of those Winnipeg sleepers.
Here is what his coach Cedar Rapids said about him via the Cedar Rapids Gazette wrote about him:
“He’s a talented player, worked hard this summer,” Carlson said. “He’s learning every day, getting better every day. It looks like he’s got the opportunity to be a very good player if he’s willing enough to work at it.”
Here is our chat with him on today’s Illegal Curve Hockey Show:
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