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Craig Smith | Winger

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 202
College: University of Wisconsin
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Craig Smith could stick on the top line even though James Neal is back from his illness.
"I think we constantly look at things. With James sick, it was an easy move for us," coach Peter Laviolette said of Smith. "Certainly he looks good up there. He's got a lot of confidence right now, and he's getting his stick on the puck in scoring areas. That's good to see that he's able to contribute like that." He has registered three goals and one assist in his past two games, while skating alongside Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg. Dec 23 - 11:45 AM

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Craig Smith scored twice Monday night to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-1 rout of the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Smith now has 10 goals on the season. Colin Wilson contributed a two-point night for the Preds, as well, with his seventh goal of the season and his eighth assist. Victor Bartley had a two-assist night and now has five. The Preds' other goals were scored by Seth Jones, his first of the season, and Mike Fisher, his third. The Preds coasted in this one, opening up a 5-0 lead in the third period. They scored three goals in a 2:14 span in the third.
Dec 22 - 10:15 PM

Craig Smith recorded a goal and an assist for Nashville as part of Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Kings.

The blazing-fast winger has now amassed seven goals and 13 points in 21 contests, putting him on pace to improve slightly on last year's total of 52 points. Ryan Ellis and Eric Nystrom also scored for the Predators in the victory.
Nov 25 - 11:30 PM

Craig Smith is scoring goals in bunches at the moment.

He has scored three goals in his last two games and has been dangerous on the ice skating on a line with Matt Cullen and Derek Roy. If Smith is a free agent in your pool you may consider picking him up while he is hot.
Nov 1 - 1:46 PM

Craig Smith scored two goals in Nashville’s 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Smith opened the scoring in the second period, and also scored Nashville’s fourth goal. Smith now has three goals and five points in nine games this season. The 25-year-old may be one of the most underrated players in the NHL. He quietly put up 24 goals and 52 points last season. Shea Weber and Taylor Beck had the other goals for the Predators.
Oct 30 - 12:42 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Mike Ribeiro
2Olli Jokinen
3Derek Roy
4Calle Jarnkrok
5Paul Gaustad
6Mike Fisher
LW1Matt Cullen
2Colin Wilson
3Gabriel Bourque
4Viktor Stalberg
RW1James Neal
2Craig Smith
3Filip Forsberg
4Eric Nystrom
5Taylor Beck
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Seth Jones
4Ryan Ellis
5Mattias Ekholm
6Anton Volchenkov
7Victor Bartley
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton