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UMass Lowell’s C.J. Smith finished among the NCAA’s top ten scorers with 23 goals and 51 points this season (photo: Melissa Wade).

The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday that the team has signed forward C.J. Smith to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Smith signs with the Sabres after completing his third season with UMass Lowell where in 2016-17, he tied for eighth among NCAA skaters with 23 goals and ranked 12th with 51 points. Smith was also named the Hockey East tournament MVP after leading the tournament with eight points (four goals, four assists) in five games.

He finishes his college career with 125 points (56 goals, 69 assists) in 120 games.

  • Let’sPlayHockey

    Another MN high school hockey product goes pro. Sweet.

    • riverchief

      Except he isn’t from MN, he’s from Iowa.

      • Let’sPlayHockey

        He played HS hockey in Richfield, MN @ Holy Angels.

      • Let’sPlayHockey

        Hails from Des Moines, IA but played HS hockey @ Holy Angels in Richfield, MN.

  • Let’sPlayHockey

    Another MN high school hockey product goes pro. Sweet.

    • riverchief

      Except he isn’t from MN, he’s from Iowa.

      • Let’sPlayHockey

        He played HS hockey in Richfield, MN @ Holy Angels.

      • Let’sPlayHockey

        Hails from Des Moines, IA but played HS hockey @ Holy Angels in Richfield, MN.

  • Vinnie Vega

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