12. Craig Smith

From Wisconsin, Craig Smith was a high First Round Pick (9th Overall) in 2009, but he played two years at the University of Wisconsin before signing with the Predators.  The NCAA seasoning was adequate, as he became the first Nashville Draft Pick to join the team without serving time in the AHL.

Smith had 36 Points in his rookie season but plummeted to just 12 in 44 Games in his second year.  The Center would have his first 50-plus year in 2013-14, scoring 52, which was his career-high as a Predator.  He had 51 Points in 2017-18, with another career-best of 25 Goals.  Following the 2019-20 Season, Smith signed with the Bruins as a Free Agent.

Smith had 330 Points and a Plus/Minus of +67 in 661 Games.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Selected in the 4th Round, 98th Overall in the Amateur Draft 6/26/09
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Bruins 10/10/20.
  • Games Played: 661
  • Notable Statistics:

    162 Goals
    168 Assists 
    330 Points 
    264 PIM 
    .50 PPG 
    +67 Plus/Minus 
    39.3 Point Shares 
    16 Points in 52 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards: None.

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