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Craig Smith | Winger | #15

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 208
College: University of Wisconsin
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 4 (98) / NAS
Contract: view contract details

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Craig Smith collected his second goal in three games during Thursday's 5-1 loss to Dallas.
Smith has been an overall disappointment this season, which is news to no one. But it's worth noting that four of his nine goals and seven of his 14 points this season came in December. Perhaps he's turning it around after all. Jan 1 - 2:44 AM

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Craig Smith had an assist in a 3-2 defeat to Detroit on Saturday.

Smith has had a rough campaign with seven goals and just 12 points in 35 contests. We've seen in the past that he's capable of more, but it's not like he had a lot of upside to begin with and we consequential don't feel like it's worth gambling on him in standard leagues.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 10:31:00 AM

Criag Smith will once again skate alongside Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg on the Predators' number one line.

This will no doubt boost Smith's fantasy value. James Neal will skate on the second unit alongisde Colin Wilson and Calle Jarnkrok. Neal loses the fantasy value Smith gains.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 01:31:00 PM

Craig Smith tickled the twine in the Predators’ 3-2 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

Smith has goals in two consecutive games, which is certainly promising. After a 23-goal, 44 point 2014-15 season, Smith has seven goals on 82 shots and 11 points this year. The Preds need more from him . Miika Salomaki got the other goal.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 11:08:00 PM

Craig Smith had the game-winning goal Thursday in a 5-1 victory versus Chicago.

He had zero goals and two assists in his previous seven outings. It's been an awful start to the 2015-16 season for Smith, who has six goals and 10 points in 29 appearances.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 09:51:00 AM

It's been a cold start to the season for Craig Smith.

He scored his fifth goal of the season in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Buffalo. Smith didn't have a point in his previous four games and he has just seven points in 21 matches this year. He is playing in the first season of his five-year, $21.25 million contract and so far he hasn't provide the Predators with much bang for the buck.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 10:43:00 AM

Craig Smith ended his 10-game pointless streak in Saturday's 7-0 win over the Jets.

Smith's last point had come in a game on Oct. 17. The 26-year-old scored 23 and 24 goals in each of his last two seasons and he should be able to finish in that neighborhood this season. He has four goals and six points in 16 games.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 09:50:00 AM

Craig Smith had a goal and two assists in a 7-0 blowout victory over Winnipeg.

Smith only had three points in 15 contests going into Saturday's action. Calle Jarnkrok scored his third and fourth goals of the campaign. Mike Ribeiro, James Neal, and Mattias Ekholm each finished with a goal and an assist. Ryan Ellis and Cody Hodgson each assisted on two of the seven markers.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 12:17:00 AM

Craig Smith has not recorded a point in eight straight games.

He registered seven shots on goal in last Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Blues, but wasn't able to end his scoring drought. Smith had three goals in his first five outings and he has surpassed the 20-goal mark in each of his last two seasons, so he'll get going again sooner rather than later.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 11:11:00 AM

Craig Smith scored a power-play goal for the Predators Thursday in a 2-1 win over Carolina.

He got Nashville's first goal of the 2015-16 season after he redirected defenseman Ryan Ellis' shot. Smith has topped 20 goals in each of his last two seasons.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 10:56:00 AM

Craig Smith notched two goals in the Nashville Predators' 5-2 preseason victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night.

The Preds, who took a 4-0 lead in this one, got their first two goals of the night from James Neal and Shea Weber. Colton Sissons posted Nashville's fifth goal on a power play late in the third period. Colin Wilson and Mike Ribeiro each had two assists for the winners. The Lightning goals were netted by Vladislav Namestnikov and J.T. Brown. Veteran goalie Pekka Rinne made 28 saves on 30 Tampa Bay shots. He was Nashville's only goalie in this one. Adam Wilcox stopped 17 of the 21 Nashville shots he faced. Allen York, no relation to Rotoworld's Marty York, stopped eight of the nine shots he faced in relief of Wilcox.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 10:31:00 PM

It sounds like there aren't any hard feelings over the things said in Craig Smith's arbitration hearing.

Smith agreed to a five-year, $21.25 million contract with the Nashville Predators, but that contract was inked after the arbitration hearing, but before the judgment. Typically meeting with an arbitrator is seen as undesirable because it puts the team in a position to criticize the player's abilities in front of said player. On that Smith said, "I'm my worst critic. ... I've probably said worse things (about) myself than what I heard (in) there." Of course, the fact that he made a long-term commitment with the Predators after the hearing is a good indicator that he's still happy with the franchise.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 08:06:00 AM

Craig Smith has inked a five-year, $21.25 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

Smith and the Predators were scheduled to have their arbitration hearing today. According to Elliotte Friedman, it sounds like they did have the hearing, but agreed on a long-term deal afterwards rather than wait for the ruling. Smith had 23 goals and 44 points in 82 contests last season.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 04:00:00 PM

According to Elliotte Friedman of, there is a $1.75 million difference between what Craig Smith has asked for and what the Predators have offered in arbitration.

Smith is a restricted free agent who will go to an arbitration hearing if an agreement isn’t made by July 20. Friedman says that Smith has requested $4.75 million, while the Predators are offering $3 million. Smith earned $2 million last season, one that saw him record 23 goals and 44 points. The Predators have just $20.5 million in cap space, with two restricted free agents to sign, according to
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 06:35:00 PM

The arbitration hearing for Craig Smith is set for July 20.

Smith is one of the bigger names in this year's pool of players that filed for arbitration. He had 23 goals and 44 points in 82 games last season after recording 52 points in 2013-14. He's coming off of a two-year, $4 million deal.
Mon, Jul 13, 2015 05:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Mike Ribeiro
3Mike Fisher
4Paul Gaustad
5Cody Bass
6Calle Jarnkrok
LW1Colin Wilson
2Gabriel Bourque
3Eric Nystrom
4Austin Watson
5Miikka Salomaki
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Viktor Arvidsson
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Barret Jackman
6Petter Granberg
7Anthony Bitetto
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton