Panthers lock down Reilly Smith with 5-year extension

Reilly Smith scored a career-high 25 goals in 2015-16, his first season with the Panthers.

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SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe announced Sunday that the Panthers have signed forward Reilly Smith to a five-year contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Reilly was a key player for our team last season," said Rowe. "He is a valuable contributor to our offense and special teams and is an important part of our talented group of forwards".

The 25-year old Smith recorded 50 points (25-25-50) in 82 games for Florida during the 2015-16 season. His 25 goals marked a career-high and ranked him tied for third on the Panthers. Smith was only one of two Panthers to play in all 82 regular season games.

Appearing in all six playoff games with the Panthers, Smith led the team in goals (4), assists (4) and points (8), while setting a franchise record with three consecutive multi-point playoff games.

The 6-foot, 185-pound native of Toronto, Ontario has played in 285 NHL games for Florida, Boston (2013-15) and Dallas (2011-13) recording 150 points (61-89-150). Smith has also appeared in 18 NHL playoff games recording 13 points (8-5-13).

Smith was originally selected by Dallas in the third round (69th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.