Athlete Profile

Ryan Smith
Left winger
D.O.B.: Feb. 21, 1976 (25). Born: Banff, AB Height: 6-1, Weight: 195. Shoots: Left. NHL team: Edmonton Oilers.
International history: Played for Canada at the 2001 world championships, replacing Mike Peca as captain after Peca's injury. Also played for 1999 and 2000 world championship teams. Won a gold medal at the 1995 world junior championships.
What he brings: Doggedly effective on the power play, with a great ability to set up above the crease and then tip point shots or convert rebounds for close-in goals. A reckless skater and fearless bodychecker, the energy practically crackles around him when he's on the ice, helping to provide his team with momentum shifts when necessary.
Career highlights: Led the Oilers in goals (31) and power-play goals (11) last season for the third time in his career. Tied Brendan Shanahan for the NHL's power-play lead in 1997 with 20.