Craig Smith
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Craig Smith


Madison Wisconsin

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4th round (98th overall), 2009


189 lbs.

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2008-09: Craig Smith was the leading scorer for the Waterloo Black Hawks in his third USHL season, scoring 28 goals with 48 assists in 54 games. He was a team-high +32 and was second on the team with 108 PMs. In three playoff games for Waterloo he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and 26 PMs. Smith was a USHL First Team All-Star and committed to playing college hockey at Wisconsin. Ranked 177th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings, he was selected by the Predators in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

2009-10: A native of Madison who once played for LaFollette High School, Smith returned home to play for the University of Wisconsin and was named to the WCHA's All-Rookie team after skating in 41 of 43 games for the Badgers. He finished the season with 8 goals and 25 assists and was +14 with 72 PMs. After finishing second in the WCHA during the season and winning the league's third place game in the playoffs, the Badgers won three straight NCAA tournament games and played Boston College in the Frozen Four championship game.

2010-11: Smith was the second-leading scorer for Wisconsin as a sophomore and was one of three college players to play for Team USA at the 2011 IIHF World Championship. Smith scored 19 goals with 24 assists and was -3 with 87 PMs in 41 games for Wisconsin. The Badgers finished an uncharacteristic seventh in the WCHA and failed to receive an at-large NCAA bid after losing in the first round of the WCHA tournament. Smith was the second-leading scorer for Team USA behind former Badger teammate Derek Stepan (NYR) with 3 goals and 3 assists in seven games. The USA finished eighth in the tournament. Smith signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Nashville in July 2011, foregoing his last two years of college hockey.


Talent Analysis

Craig Smith is a talented offensive player, with both goal scoring and playmaking abilities. He isn't bad defensively, and is a hard working player. He is a fairly good all around player, similar to many prospects that have ferried through Milwaukee.


Prospect Impressions: Dramatic goals from NHL youngsters, Strome carves up Niagara, SHL goalie’s lighter side

by David Hahn
Rickard Rakell - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks forward has already established career highs in goals (16) and points (34) in 58 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)



Throughout the NHL, young players are making a major impact for their franchises as teams are relying upon youth to lead their teams into the playoffs. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Rickard Rakell, Joel Armia, and Robby Fabbri are featured with highlight-reel goals. Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith has his shot blocked and you won’t believe who did it. Plenty more highlights including a fun look at Dan Girardi’s pirate impression, and one SHL goalie who likes to have some fun post-game. Read more»