Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
Craig Smith
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CraigSmith
POSITION: Center
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
SHOOTS: Right
WEIGHT: 202
BIRTHDATE: 09/05/1989
AGE: 25
BIRTHPLACE: Madison, WI, USA
DRAFTED: NSH: 2009-98 overall
USHL First All-Star Team (2009) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2010) Signed as a free agent by Kuopio (Finland), October 2, 2012.
2013-14: Led the Predators in goals (24), and ranked third on the team in points (52), setting career highs in both categories and becoming the sixth Preds draftee to hit the 50-point mark for the club… Set a career high in assists (28), becoming the eighth Nashville draft pick to score 20 goals and amass 20 assists in a season for the team… Set career highs and tied for second on the team in both power-play goals (7) and game-winning goals (4)... Led the team in plus/minus rating (+16), the highest mark by a Predators forward since 2009-10 (Hornqvist, +18)... Set a career high and ranked second on the team in shots (215), in addition to playing a personal-best 16:23 per game… One of just four NHLers to post more than 50 points, and one of three NHLers to post more than 22 goals, in less that 16:30 of ice time per game... Recorded five two-goal efforts, putting him in a six-way tie for third-most multiple-goal efforts in a season in franchise history… Posted his first career four-point game (2g-2a) in the team’s regular-season finale on April 13 at Minnesota. The final point, a power-play goal, was the 100th of his career… Named one of the United States’ best players at the 2014 World Championship, the third time in four years he’s gained the honor… Ranked fourth on Team USA in points (3g-5a-8pts) and tied for third in goals at Worlds… Has 30 points (10g-20a) in 29 career World Championship games since 2011.

2012-13:
Tied for third on the team in power-play points (2g-5a-7pts)… Tied for second in the NHL in shootout goals (5), and posted the League's fifth-best success rate among shooters taking at least four attempts (five-for-seven, 71.4 percent)… Appeared in his 100th career NHL game on March 15 at Calgary… Posted five points (1g-4a) in four AHL games during a conditioning assignment with Milwaukee from March 22-27… Played eight games with KalPa of the Finnish Elite League during NHL work stoppage, notching eight points (4g-4a) and 20 penalty minutes… Represented the United States at the World Championships for the third consecutive year, helping the nation claim its first medal at the tournament in nine tries (bronze)… Named one of Team USA’s three best players of the tournament as selected by the coaches after leading all skaters in assists, and ranking third among in points (4g-10a-14pts)… Tied for 10th in goals and penalty minutes (18) at the World Championships.

2011-12: Tied for seventh among all NHL rookies in goals (14) and assists (22), and ranked eighth in points (36). The point and assist totals were both the second highest by a rookie in franchise history… Tied for second among first-year NHLers in power-play goals (6), and ranked third in shots on goal (172)… Ranked third among rookies, and set a franchise rookie record, in power-play points (6g-7a-13pts)… Set franchise records for road goals, assists and points by a rookie (10g-15a-25pts), ranking second on the team and fourth among rookies… Posted 14 points (7g-7a) in his first 15 NHL games… Participated in the rookie portion of the 2012 All-Star Weekend… Joined Team USA at the 2012 World Championships, posting a pair of assists while playing in the club’s final four contests. PLAYOFFS: Made his NHL Playoff debut in Game Five of the WCQ vs. Detroit… Recorded his first postseason point/assist in Game One of the WCS vs. Phoenix

AMATEUR:
Served as an alternate captain and played all 41 games for the Badgers during his sophomore season in 2010-11… Ranked ninth in the WCHA in goals (19), tied for 11th in conference scoring (19g-24a-43pts) in 2010-11… Paced the 2010-11 Badgers in goals and penalty minutes (87) while ranking second in points… Tied for fourth in the conference in game-winning goals (5), tied for sixth in power-play points (8g-15a-23pts) and eighth in man-advantage goals… Named one of Team USA’s three best players at the 2011 World Championships after leading the team in goals (3) and ranking second in points (6) in seven tournament games… One of only two collegiate underclassmen on the United States’ 2011 World Championships entry… Named to the 2010 WCHA All-Rookie Team after finishing the season ninth in NCAA freshman scoring (8g-25a-33pts)… Helped the Badgers advance to the 2010 NCAA National Championship Game, posting three points (1g-2a) in four NCAA Tournament games… A 2009 USHL First-Team All-Star… Waterloo Black Hawks captain and team MVP in 2008-09… Ranked second in the United States Hockey League in assists (48), tied for second in points (76), and tied for eighth in goals (28) in 2008-09… The only player in the league to post at least 70 points and 100 penalty minutes in 2008-09… Posted the USHL’s fourth-best plus/minus rating (+32) in 2008-09… Represented the East Division at the 2009 USHL Prospects/All-Star Game… Captained the U.S. Junior Select Team to the 2008 World Junior A Challenge championship… Named to the 2008 World Junior A Challenge All-Star Team after posting eight points (3g-5a) in five games… Ranked third on the Black Hawks in penalty minutes in both 2008-09 (108) and 2007-08 (90)… Participated in the 2007 World Junior A Challenge.

BACKGROUND:
Nickname: “Smitty” or “Taz”… Favorites include Forrest Gump (movie), Red Hot Chili Peppers (band), Gander Mountain (place to shop), Virago (Nashville restaurant), Jamaican Jerk Sauce (condiment) and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell (book)… In 20 years, he sees himself living on a quiet lake in Wisconsin, waking up at 5 a.m., drinking coffee and fishing the day away… Of any venue, he’d most like to play a game at Lambeau Field… Spiders are his greatest fear.

TRANSACTIONS: June 27, 2009 – Nashville's sixth choice, 98th overall (fourth round), in the 2009 Entry Draft.