About 2 months ago, ’03 Defenseman Max Smolinski committed to the Engineers. Smolinski is a right shot and is listed at 5’10” and 175 LBs. He started off the year with the Tri-City Storm in the USHL, which is impressive at such a young age. However, he was not getting much ice time with them, so he recently moved to the Johnstown Tomahawks in the NAHL where he is playing more now.
In terms of his play style, Smolinski has excellent speed and skating ability that he uses to be active in all 3 zones. He’s reliable defensively and plays physically despite his size. Offensively, he likes leading the breakout and joining the rush because he excels at it. He has superb vision and does a great job at reading the ice, and this allows him to get clean zone entries for his team and establish possession. Inside the offensive zone, he gets very involved by using his feet and making great passes to teammates. Overall, his speed, skating, vision, IQ and passing make him a great offensive defenseman, but he also is more than capable in his own end.
With his ’03 birthdate, Smolinski is expected to enroll in the fall of 2022. He will likely complete this year in the NAHL and then move back to the USHL next year, which will be great for his development. We have a feeling that he will be a great player for the Engineers! Congratulations to Max and his family!