The Edmonton Oilers have added a checking line forward in their efforts to make the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
On the day of the National Hockey League trade deadline, the Oilers picked up Jerred Smithson from the Florida Panthers for a fourth line pick.
Don’t expect too much from Smithson. The veteran only has two goals and three assists this season. However, he does provide valuable leadership, playoff experience from his days with the Nashville Predators and can play center, something important when you consider the fact the Oilers have been dreadful all season in taking faceoffs.
In 578 career games, Smithson has 38 goals and 57 assists for 95 points.
Smithson also has strong Alberta roots having played for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League from 1995-2000.