Bruins claim forward Gemel Smith off waivers

The Boston Bruins have claimed Dallas Stars forward Gemel Smith off waivers, the team confirmed Thursday.

Smith, a 5-foot-11 skater, has skated in 14 games with Dallas this season, with two goals and one assist for three points.

Mainly utilized as a bottom-six forward with speed and a high-compete for the Stars, the 24-year-old is also coming off a career-best offensive season in 2017-18, with six goals and 11 points and a plus-5 rating in 46 appearances. Smith entered the NHL in the 2016-17 season, tallying three goals and six points in 17 games with the Stars.

Smith is essentially free candy and a potential jumpstart for a Black and Gold bottom six grouping that's failed to do much of anything this season, from scoring to providing the energy Bruce Cassidy expects out of his fourth line.

And it's a move that indicates that Cassidy is running (or has officially run) out of ideas with what the B's have in their own pipeline.

The Bruins will skate against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.