Birth Date: 1-23-70
Place of Birth: Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Jersey Number: 24
The Physical Game
Smehlik can use his body well but has to be more consistent and authoritative. He has to clean up his crease better but he's not a mean hitter. He prefers to use his stick to break up plays, and he does that effectively. He has a long reach and is able to intercept passes, or reach in around a defender to pry the puck loose. He gets a lot of minutes playing with Alexei Zhitnik against top lines and needs to keep up his conditioning.
Smehlik would have a hard time being a top four defenseman on a stronger team. He did get a mental boost from winning a gold medal with the Czech Republic and had a nice finish to his season, but he is overmatched as a top defenseman.
Smehlik has some decent skills, but his probable level is the 25- to 30-point range. He will continue to get a lot of ice time.