Smith scored once in regulation and once in the shootout to lead Bridgeport to a 2-1 win in Hartford on Feb. 2, and celebrated his birthday on Feb. 8 with the game-winning goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over Lowell. Smith then embarked on what would be a 10-game scoring streak, beginning with a goal and an assist in the Sound Tigers’ 3-0 win vs. Worcester on Feb. 13. He scored another goal in a 6-3 win at Albany on Feb. 15, then had back-to-back two-point efforts as Bridgeport beat Hartford on Feb. 17 and Norfolk on Feb. 20. Smith closed out the month with another game-winning goal in a 3-2 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 29.
In recognition of his achievement, Smith will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Sound Tigers home game.
Smith, 23, has recorded 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points in 36 games with the Sound Tigers this season, ranking fourth on the team in goals. A native of North Vancouver, B.C., Smith signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders on Apr. 2, 2007, after two seasons at the University of New Hampshire, where he was an NCAA East Second Team All-American last year.
Other nominees for Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month include Albany right wing Jerome Samson, Binghamton center Alexander Nikulin, Chicago goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, Grand Rapids center Darren Helm, Houston right wing Cal Clutterbuck, Lowell right wing Benoit Mondou, Manitoba goaltender Cory Schneider, Milwaukee defenseman Cody Franson, Norfolk center Paul Szczechura, Philadelphia left wing Kyle Greentree, Providence goaltender Tuukka Rask, Quad City goaltender Matt Keetley, Rochester left wing Marc-Andre Gragnani, Rockford right wing Derek Nesbitt, San Antonio defenseman Sean Sullivan, Syracuse right wing Derek Dorsett and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right wing Jean-Michel Daoust.