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Craig Smith
Craig Smith
Center  - NSH
(KRAYG SMIHTH)
Number: 15
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 202
Shoots: Right
Born: Sep 5, 1989  (Age 24)
Birthplace: Madison, WI, United States
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Drafted: NSH / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (98th overall)
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.
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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