The ECHL on Thursday announced its All-ECHL Teams for 2003-04. The teams were determined in a vote of ECHL coaches. Two players who qualify as prospects were among the selections, Tim Smith and Jason Jaffray, both 22.
2003-04 All-ECHL First Team
Tim Smith, F, Columbia Inferno (32 goals, 60 assists in 67 games, +38)
2003-04 All-ECHL Second Team
Jason Jaffray, F, Wheeling Nailers (37 goals, 37 assists in 54 games, +20)
Tim Smith was selected in the ninth round (272nd overall) by Vancouver in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and under contract to Vancouver. The 22-year-old Smith leads the ECHL in assists with 60, points with 92 (32 goals, 60 assists) and plus-minus rating with +38 in 67 games for the Columbia Inferno. The 5’9” and 165-pound Smith leads his team with 32 goals, 17 power-play assists and 24 power play points (7 goals, 17 assists) and is tied for second on the team with seven power play goals. He has also played one game in the AHL with Manitoba in 2003-04, with no points.
Smith, in his second year of pro hockey, is a very talented playmaker, and a decent skater, who gets off the mark quickly. He’s also solid defensively. The only thing to hold him back is his size. Read Hockey’s Future’s December 2003 interview with Smith here.
Making his second straight appearance on the All-ECHL Team is forward Jason Jaffray, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team and the All-Rookie Team in 2002-03, then with Roanoke. The 6’1″, 204-pound Jaffray is under contract to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL and has scored one point in five games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2003-04. Voted as a starter in the ECHL All-Star Game each of his first two seasons, the 22-year-old Jaffray is third in the ECHL with 37 goals and is tied for 13th in scoring with 74 points (37 goals, 37 assists) in 54 games. Jaffray leads Wheeling with 37 goals, 13 power play goals and 28 power play points (13 goals, 15 assists) and is tied for the team lead with 74 points and six game-winning goals.