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Craig Smith | Winger

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 202
College: University of Wisconsin
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Expectations will be high in the coming season for forward Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators.
Smith is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and scouts throughout the league have expected high numbers from him in the past couple of years. Last season, he was solid with 24 goals for the Preds and 52 points in 79 games. In the coming season, though, his statistics could get a jolt with new head coach Peter Laviolette, who is promising to implement a fast-paced, wide-open offensive system. "He's a pretty high-octane, high-powered offensive coach," Smith said. "He wants to outscore the other team versus trying to win 1-0, so I like that type of run-and-gun style." Jul 20 - 4:24 PM

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Craig Smith registered an assist in the U.S.'s 6-1 win over Belarus at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Smith had a very solid 2013-2014 campaign with 24 goals and 52 points in 79 games. We think he is a player on the upswing. Don't forget about him on draft day.
May 10 - 12:37 PM

Forward Craig Smith completed his regular season on fire, scoring two goals and adding two assists in the Nashville Predators' 7-3 rout of the Wild in Minnesota Sunday night.

Smith ended his season on a four-game point streak and set career highs for the season with 24 goals, 28 assists and 52 points in 79 games. Center Calle Jankrok also had a productive night for the Preds in Minnesota, scoring a goal (his second of the season) and picking up two assists. Other scorers for Nashville were Rich Clune (third), Ryan Ellis (sixth) and Roman Josi (13th). The Preds are out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season but they dazzled their fans in their final two games, scoring 14 times. They won 7-5 over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at home Saturday night.
Apr 13 - 10:52 PM

Craig Smith scored a goal and registered an assist in a 7-5 win on Saturday.

Smith is on a three-game point streak. He has set new career-highs with 22 goals and 48 points in 78 games.
Apr 13 - 10:59 AM

Craig Smith potted the winning goal in Thursday's 2-0 win over Phoenix.

His 21st goal of the season ties him with Patric Hornqvist, who had Nashville's other goal in the victory, and defenseman Shea Weber for the team lead. Smith has 46 points in 77 games this year.
Apr 11 - 10:13 AM

Craig Smith scored a goal and an assist in Nashville’s 4-1 win over Buffalo on Tuesday night.

The Preds’ forward has 20 goals and 20 helpers through 63 games this season.
Mar 11 - 9:41 PM

Craig Smith generated 20 points, including 12 goals, in his last 25 games before the Olympic break.

"It's putting it all together and being more mature and doing what you have to do to keep things going in the right place," Smith said of his newfound success. "I guess your routine before games every single day becomes more important. The better the routine, the easier it is to have the same feeling before games." He leads the Predators with 18 goals and ranks third on the team with 36 points in 56 contests.
Feb 21 - 9:08 AM

Predators' forward Craig Smith is white hot at the moment.

Smith has scored three goals and registered seven points in the Preds' last seven games and he leads Nashville in goal scoring with 18. Smith is a very underrated forward whom we think deserves a little more attentiion than he receives.
Feb 8 - 1:58 PM

Craig Smith registered both Nashville goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Wild on Thursday.

The goals bring Smith to 18 markers on the season, which is an impressive number on a team with such a commitment to defense. Victor Bartley also picked up an assist in the losing effort.
Feb 7 - 12:06 AM

Craig Smith sniped two assists in Nashville's 4-3 win over Winnipeg Tuesday night.

Smith has four points in his last four games, to go with 16 goals and 33 points through 52 games this season.
Jan 28 - 10:51 PM

Craig Smith scored his 16th goal of the season in Nashville's 2-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

His 16 markers leads the Predators and it is already a personal best for him. Smith is also just six points away from matching his total from his rookie campaign in 2011-12.
Jan 24 - 9:06 AM

Craig Smith has generated eight goals and four assists for 12 points in his past 14 games.

He appears to have found a successful formula for himself to find production. "I've just been trying to find open ice and keep my feet moving," Smith said. "I don't like to stop much if I don't have to. Keep my speed, it's as simple as that." Smith has gone through some ups and downs this season, but he has the talent to be a good producer at the NHL level.
Jan 16 - 12:15 PM

Craig Smith scored a goal and dished out an assist for the Preds in a 4-3 loss to Anaheim Thursday night.

Smith has experienced a nice resurgence with 27 points in 42 contests this season after just 12 in 44 games last year. Paul Gaustad and Richard Clune also scored goals for the Predators in the losing effort.
Jan 9 - 10:57 PM

Craig Smith scored a pair of goals Monday night, but that was all the Nashville offense could muster in a 6-2 loss to Boston.

Smith has been hot lately, currently on a three game points streak with four goals and an assist. On the year, the 24 year-old has 21 points in 34 games.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 11:10:00 PM

Craig Smith scored a pair of goals for Nashville in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

No other Nashville player managed to find the back of the net in the defeat although Matt Cullen did pick up an assist on each of the tallies.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 11:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Olli Jokinen
2Mike Fisher
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Mike Ribeiro
5Colin Wilson
6Paul Gaustad
LW1Matt Cullen
2Viktor Stalberg
3Gabriel Bourque
4Simon Moser
RW1James Neal
2Craig Smith
3Eric Nystrom
4Derek Roy
5Richard Clune
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Seth Jones
4Ryan Ellis
5Mattias Ekholm
6Anton Volchenkov
7Victor Bartley
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton