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Craig Smith

28-Year-Old Right Wing – Nashville Predators

2017-18 NHL Stats

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2017-18 NHL Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

A 52-point scorer for the Preds in 2013-14, Smith has seen his output decline for three straight seasons, including failing to crack the 30-point plateau in 2016-17 (12 goals, 17 assists). He also saw his average ice time decline to a career-low 13:49 per game, lost his spot...

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SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 208   DOB: 9/5/1989   BORN: Madison, Wisconsin   DRAFTED: 4th Rd, #98 Overall in 2009   Show ContractHide Contract

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Craig Smith Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension with the Predators in July 2015.

October 11, 2017  –  Craig Smith News

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Smith scored his first point of the season in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Philadelphia, notching a first-period power-play goal.

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Craig Smith NHL Stats
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Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2011-12 22 NHL NSH 72 14 22 36 -9 30 172 8.1 1 0 14:11 6 7 13 2:08 44 17
2012-13 23 NHL NSH 44 4 8 12 -11 20 83 4.8 0 0 13:51 2 5 7 1:54 39 13
2013-14 24 NHL NSH 79 24 28 52 16 22 215 11.2 4 0 16:24 7 3 10 2:03 54 21
2014-15 25 NHL NSH 82 23 21 44 11 44 252 9.1 4 0 15:44 6 3 9 2:28 77 17
2015-16 26 NHL NSH 82 21 16 37 4 40 199 10.6 6 0 15:11 2 3 5 2:07 84 18
2016-17 27 NHL NSH 78 12 17 29 7 30 155 7.7 1 0 13:49 2 1 3 1:06 93 16
2017-18 28 NHL NSH 8 1 1 2 -3 4 16 6.3 0 0 14:23 1 0 1 2:27 3 4
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2017-18 Time On Ice Stats

14:23

Average Time On Ice

On average, Craig Smith was on the ice for 14:23.

2:27

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Craig Smith was on the ice for 2:27 during power plays.

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Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Craig Smith was on the ice for 0:00 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2015-16 15:11 2:07 0:02
2016-17 13:49 1:06 0:01
2017-18 14:23 2:27 0:00

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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Oct 21 NYR@NYR 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 13:37 2:53
Oct 19 PHI@PHI 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 15:16 0:59
Oct 17 COL 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 16:27 2:44
Oct 14 CHI@CHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 1 11:30 1:59
Oct 12 DAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 1 13:18 4:17
Oct 10 PHI 1 0 1 -3 2 1 0 0 1 100.0 0 1 15:38 0:41
Oct 7 PIT@PIT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 14:18 2:17
Oct 5 BOS@BOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 14:56 3:46

Craig Smith: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Smith put three shots on goal in a 5-3 preseason victory over Columbus on Sunday.

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Smith is eligible to be picked by the Golden Knights in Wednesday's expansion draft.

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Smith notched a primary assist in Game 4 against Pittsburgh on Monday.

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Smith (undisclosed) should return in Game 1 against Pittsburgh on Monday, Arpon Basu of NHL.com reports.

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Smith (undisclosed) was not in the lineup for Game 6 against Anaheim on Monday.

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Smith (undisclosed) was a full participant at Monday's morning skate and could be available against Anaheim, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.

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Smith (undisclosed) was absent from warmups Saturday in Anaheim, Thomas Willis of NHL.com reports.

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Smith (undisclosed) did not take part in pregame warmups and thus will not play Thursday's Game 4 against the Ducks.

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Smith (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Ducks, Kristopher Martel of FOX Sports Tennessee reports.

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Smith (undisclosed) stayed on the ice long after morning skate Tuesday, NHL.com reports.

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Smith (undisclosed) is not participating in pregame warmups and will likely be out for Sunday's Game 2 against the Ducks, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.

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Smith (undisclosed) is not participating in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he will be out of the lineup for Friday's Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against Anaheim, Predators' digital manager Thomas Willis reports.

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2016-17

The Preds have to be concerned about Smith, who saw his offensive output decline for the second consecutive season last year (37 points in 82 games). The trouble is, the team signed him to a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension last July, hoping he would show signs of the player who scored a career-high 52 points two seasons ago. Oddly enough, his goal-scoring has remained relatively consistent – he notched 24, 23, and most recently 21 tallies in the past three seasons – but his assist total dropped to a brutal 16 last year (just over half his tally from two years ago). That could be the result of being flipped between the second and third lines for a good portion of the season, as Smith ended up with his lowest average ice time since 2012-13. With four years remaining on his contract, the Preds have little choice but to keep rolling Smith as their everyday No. 2 right winger in the hopes that he’s finally able to put it all together. There’s hope yet, as this is only his age-27 season, but his offensive upside is limited to about 50 points and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him get usurped by one of the team’s up-and-coming young forwards.

2015-16

After breaking out for 24 goals and 52 points in 2013-14, Smith put together another successful campaign last season, notching 23 goals and 44 points in 82 games. The 25-year-old was a force with the man advantage, lighting the lamp six times and adding three assists. Not only is he turning into a reliable and consistent 20-goal scorer, but Smith also showed that he could help fantasy owners in other categories by gathering 44 PIM, putting 252 shots on goal, and finishing with a plus-11 mark last season. With the scoring fairly spread out in Nashville, Smith probably doesn't have the ability to take another notable leap, but he should offer the sort of stable, predictable offensive production that most fantasy rosters could certainly use.

2014-15

Smith finished the 2013-14 season on a relative tear, notching 11 points in his last 10 games, allowing him to finish third on the team in scoring with a career-high 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists). The impressive finish also allowed him to set career-bests across just about every other offensive category, including shots on goal (215), shooting percentage (11.2%) and plus-minus (plus-16). He’s positioned to fill a feature role with the Predators in 2014-15, perhaps even as a member of the top line. Furthermore, given that the Preds are now deeper up front, Smith will also enjoy a significantly-improved supporting cast, which should also enhance his continued development as a bona fide top-six NHL forward. Don’t be afraid to take a chance on Smith in the middle rounds of your draft -- the upside is there to make him a possible breakout player this season.

2013-14

Smith fell into the dreaded sophomore slump last year after registering 36 points in 72 games during as a rookie in 2011-12. Last year, he tallied just 12 points in 44 games and even spent some time at AHL Milwaukee to get his game together following a lengthy slump. At 23 years of age, Smith still has a distance to go before he enters his peak scoring years, so the Preds are understandably being patient with him. Looking ahead, he should open this season as the team's second-line right winger. But on an offensively-challenged squad, Smith's totals will likely be low.

2012-13

Smith started his rookie season with a bang back in October, scoring 14 points in his first 15 games. However, it took him another 32 games to score his next 14 points, and he finished the season with just 36 in 72 games, seeing the majority of his ice time in a checking-line role. It was very likely a case of rookie fatigue setting in for the highly-skilled youngster last season, a situation he should be able to avoid this year. He continues to have tremendous upside – draft accordingly.