|BIRTHPLACE:||Vernon, BC, CAN|
* One of five Predators to play in all 82 games in 2008-09. He has missed just one contest in the last two seasons.
* Paced Predator forwards in average shorthanded time on ice (2:50).
* Led all Nashville forwards, and third overall in hits (140), a career high.
* Ranked second among club forwards in blocked shots (50).
* Tied a career high for assists in a season (9) and set personal bests in shots (74), faceoffs won/taken (342/722) and average time on ice (13:50).
* Played a career-high 19:11 on March 3 vs. Edmonton.
* Played in his 300th career NHL game on Feb. 19 vs. St. Louis.
* Tied a career high with points in back-to-back games (1g-1a) on Oct. 23 vs. Calgary and Oct. 25 vs. Los Angeles. Also has points in three of four contests Oct. 17-25.
OT Points: none, Shootouts: none, Penalty Shots: none.
2009-10: Set a career high in goals (9)… Scored a team-high two of the team’s five shorthanded goals, moving into fifth on the franchise’s all-time shorthanded points list (5g-4a), and into a tie for sixth on the man-down goals list... Led club forwards in average shorthanded ice time (2:12) and hits (84)… Led the team, and ranked among the League’s Top 20, in face-off efficiency among those taking at least 500 draws (301-548, 54.9%)… Also paced Nashville skaters in shooting percentage (16.7%)… Set a career high in average ice time (13:58)… Tied a career high in penalty minutes (54)… Scored goals in back-to-back games twice in less than two months (Oct. 29-31 and Dec. 15-17) after doing so once in his first six seasons in the league (Oct. 25-27, 2007)… Missed 13 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the team’s contests… Scored his first career playoff goal into an empty net in Game One... Led the team in face-off winning percentage (30-48, 62.5%).
2008-09: One of five Predators to play in a career-high 82 games… Paced club forwards in average shorthanded time on ice (2:50) and hits (career high, 140)… Also notched a career high in shots (74)… Tied a personal best in assists (9)… Collected 10 (3g-7a) of his 13 points (77%) on home ice… Ranked second among Nashville forwards in blocked shots (50)… Played in his 300th career NHL game on Feb. 19 vs. St. Louis.
2007-08: Established a career high in points (16)… Tied a personal best in assists (9)… Was one of just two Nashville skaters to appear in a team-high 81 games… Led Nashville forwards in average shorthanded time on ice (2:43) and hits (128)… Registered a point on five of the club’s seven shorthanded goals (2g-3a), good for second on the franchise’s single-season shorthanded scoring list… Ranked second on the team in face-off winning percentage (298-572, 52.1%)… Scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back games on Oct. 25 vs. Atlanta and Oct. 27 vs. Florida creating his first NHL goal-scoring streak and tying his career high for game-winning goals in a campaign. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the club’s postseason games… Averaged 16:37 per game, a 4:30 increase from his regular-season total… Ranked second on the club in average shorthanded time on ice (3:43).
2006-07: Led Nashville forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (3:23)… Ranked second on the club in face-off winning percentage (237-420, 56.4%)… Scored his first career shorthanded goal on Dec. 7 at Los Angeles. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all five of Nashville’s WCQ games vs. San Jose… Ranked second on the Predators in face-off winning percentage (20-36, 55.6%).
2005-06: Posted career-highs in assists (9) and penalty minutes (54). Prior to the 2005-06 season, he had totaled three assists in 30 career NHL games… Tied for third on the club with a career-high +9 rating… His first NHL goal was the game-winner on Dec. 1 vs. Minnesota… Opened the year with Milwaukee (AHL) and was recalled to Nashville on Nov. 7 for the rest of the season. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in three of Nashville’s five playoff games… Made his NHL playoff debut on April 21 vs. San Jose.
CAREER NOTES: Tied for the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) team lead in games played (80) in 2004-05… Won 64% (55-86) of his draws in eight games with Los Angeles in 2003-04… Led Manchester (AHL) with a +16 rating in 2002-03… Finished second on Manchester with 78 games played in 2001-02… Limited by injury to 24 AHL games and three ECHL tilts in his first pro season (2000-01).
AMATEUR: Played five WHL seasons (1995-2000) with Calgary, registering 47 goals and 64 assists (47g-64a-111pts) in 319 games… Helped the Hitmen capture the WHL championship in 1998-99.
BACKGROUND: Nickname “Smithers”... Spends his summers in Vernon, B.C… Favorites include U2 and Our Lady Peace (musicians), Dallas (NHL city to visit), Ken’s Sushi (Nashville Restaurant) and Hawaii (vacation spot)… Favorite players growing up were Doug Gilmour and Keith Primeau… Best friend in the NHL is Anaheim’s George Parros… Enjoys Nashville for its friendly people and dedicated hockey fans.
TRANSACTIONS: July 22, 2004 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… Feb. 18, 2000 – Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles.