Smaby is big and mobile for a man his size. When on his game, he's a fierce hitter who plays a simple, effective stay at home style game. He possesses a good, but underutilized, slap shot. Has a long reach and an active stick.
Smaby isn't a natural puckmover and still needs to work at making a good first pass out of the zone. He showed some inconsistency in the physical game as an underclassman but has since settled down. He's not a poor skater, but he lacks recovery speed if he misses on a check.
Smaby is the kind of big, physical defenseman who isn't flashy but is essential to any hockey team looking to survive the rigors of NHL playoff hockey. His mobility should help him play a good amount of minutes in the pros and he will be a strong contributor on the penalty kill. He'll never make all-star teams for his offensive contributions, but the Lightning believe he could be a number four or number five defenseman with a long and successful NHL career. Think Jassen Cullimore, with a mean streak