Smith going from college to NHL for Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars have signed Reilly Smith to a three-year

entry-level contract, taking the forward from college to the

NHL.

The contract was announced Sunday, two days after the

20-year-old Smith played in an NCAA regional semifinal game for

Miami (Ohio), a 4-3 overtime loss to UMass.

Smith, a third-round pick by the Stars in the 2009 NHL draft,

will join the team for the four-game trip that starts Monday night

at Calgary.

Smith led Miami and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association

with 30 goals and 18 assists in 39 games this season. He had 66

goals and 56 assists for 122 points in 121 career games.

Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk says Smith has all the

characteristics of a player who will succeed at the NHL level.