New Deal for Former Hawk
Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith signed a new five-year contract which will keep him in Music City through the end of the decade.
Smith was originally drafted by the Predators in 2009, following his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks.
“As evidenced by his back-to-back 20-goal seasons and performance in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Craig Smith is an integral part of our team’s young core and we are pleased to have agreed on a long-term contract that both parties are comfortable with,” said Nashville General Manager David Poile said. “With Craig’s durability, work ethic and intensity, we see him continuing the build on his recent production and be a valuable contributor to our offensive attack for the next five seasons.”
Smith hit the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive season in 2014/15, tying for second on the team in goals (23). During the 2015 Playoffs, the former Black Hawk tied for second on the team in points (five). Two seasons ago, the 6-1, 202-pound right wing led the Predators in goals (24), and ranked third on the team in points (52), setting career highs in both categories and becoming the sixth Preds draftee to hit the 50-point mark for the club. In 277 career games since the 2011/12 campaign, Smith has 144 points (65 goals, 79 assists).
Smith has also represented the United States four times at the World Championship since 2011, amassing 30 points in 29 games and being named one of the United States’ best players at the tournament three times. Prior to joining the Predators, Smith played two seasons at the University of Wisconsin, helping the Badgers reach the 2010 NCAA National Championship Game.
Smith played for the Black Hawks from 2006/07 to 2008/09, helping the club to an Anderson Cup Championship in his rookie season and serving as Captain in 2008/09. He skated in 157 Waterloo regular season games, recording 117 points (49 goals, 68 assists).
Smith is the second former Black Hawk to re-sign with an NHL team in less than a week. Defenseman Vince LoVerde inked a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings Thursday. LoVerde spent the 2014/15 season skating for LA’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.