Blackhawks deal Anisimov to Senators for forward Zack Smith


PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – MARCH 11: Zack Smith #15 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Philadelphia Flyers In the first period at Wells Fargo Center on March 11, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Blackhawk have acquired forward Zack Smith from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Artem Anisimov.

Smith, 31, played 70 games last season for the Senators scoring nine goals and adding a career-high 19 assists. He has served as alternate captain for the Senators since the 2017-18 season.

Selected in the third round (79th overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft by Ottawa, Smith has played his entire NHL career with the Senators that has spanned parts of 11 seasons (2008 – 2019). In 612 career NHL games, he has scored 94 goals and tallied 99 assists.

A native of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Smith has played in 45 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games and has nine points (2G, 7A). He established career highs in goals (25) and points (36) in 2015-16 and was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy that same year.

Anisimov played four seasons (2015 – 2019) with the Blackhawks, scoring 77 goals and adding 78 assists in 291 games. He has played 11 seasons in the NHL and has also played with the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Smith’s contract has an AAV of $3,250,000 and is signed through the 2020-21 season.

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