The Ducks have signed defenseman Matt Smaby to a one-year contract. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the second round (41st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Smaby played 32 games with the Tamba Bay Lightning last season. He went scoreless with a +2 rating and 17 PIM. He has played four seasons in the AHL with Springfield (2006-07) and Norfolk (2007-10), recording 5 goals, 25 assists with 148 PIM in 156 games. Prior to making his NHL debut, Smaby captained the University of North Dakota to the NCAA Frozen Four during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
A young talent, Smaby could soon prove to be a great defensemen. Although he never flourished as much as he could while with North Dakota, his speed and size could allow him to prosper with the Ducks. Stand 6’2″ and 222 pounds, the Ducks continue to beef up their roster by adding a big body to the blue line.
Playing with veteran Lubomir Visnovsky could be very helpful for his career.