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Craig Smith (ice hockey)

Craig Smith (born September 5, 1989) is an American ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Nashville Predators in the NHL. He was selected by the Nashville Predators in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Craig Smith
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Born (1989-09-05) September 5, 1989 (age 30)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Nashville Predators
National team  United States
NHL Draft 98th overall, 2009
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2011–present

Playing careerEdit

Smith played major junior hockey in the United States Hockey League with the Waterloo Black Hawks. He was named to the USHL First All-Star Team for the 2008–09 season.[1]

Smith participated at the 2011 IIHF World Championship as a member of the United States men's national ice hockey team. He then went on to play two years for the University of Wisconsin.

After coming out of college early, Smith became the first player since Colin Wilson to make the Predators without first playing for the Milwaukee Admirals.[citation needed] On October 7, 2011, Smith scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game against Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Following the 2014–15 NHL season Smith became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Predators made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Smith filed for Salary Arbitration.[2] Prior to his scheduled meeting, Smith agreed to terms on a five-year $21.25 million contract extension with the Predators on July 20, 2015.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Smith with the United States men's national hockey team in a game against German's men's national hockey team.
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   United States
World Championships
  2013 Sweden/Finland
World Junior A Challenge
  2008 Camrose
  2007 Trail

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 45 8 10 18 28 4 0 1 1 8
2007–08 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 58 13 10 23 90 11 2 3 5 8
2008–09 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 54 28 48 76 108 3 1 3 4 26
2009–10 University of Wisconsin WCHA 41 8 25 33 72
2010–11 University of Wisconsin WCHA 41 19 24 43 87
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 72 14 22 36 30 2 0 1 1 0
2012–13 KalPa SM-l 8 4 4 8 20
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 44 4 8 12 20
2012–13 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 4 1 4 5 0
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 79 24 28 52 22
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 82 23 21 44 44 6 2 3 5 0
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 82 21 16 37 40 11 1 1 2 4
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 78 12 17 29 30 10 1 2 3 2
2017–18 Nashville Predators NHL 79 25 26 51 24 13 2 2 4 2
2018–19 Nashville Predators NHL 76 21 17 38 20 6 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 592 144 155 299 230 48 7 9 16 10

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 United States WJAC   4 0 0 0 0
2011 United States WC 8th 7 3 3 6 4
2012 United States WC 7th 4 0 2 2 2
2013 United States WC   10 4 10 14 18
2014 United States WC 6th 8 3 5 8 10
Senior totals 29 10 20 30 34

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
USHL
All-Star Game 2009
First All-Star Team 2009 [1]
College
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2010 [4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Craig Smith profile". The Hockey News. 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
  2. ^ "Smith files for arbitration". National Hockey League. 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  3. ^ "Predators sign Craig Smith to a five year contract". Nashville Predators. 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  4. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4.

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