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2 Brendan Smith D
Height/Weight: 6-2/198 | Birthdate: 2/8/1989 | Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Team: Detroit Red Wings | College: Wisconsin | NHL Experience: 3 | Salary: $875,000 | Owned/Started%: 9/3 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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6/30/2015

Brendan Smith, D, DET

Brendan Smith

Smith Re-Signs With Detroit

News: The Red Wings re-signed Brendan Smith to a two-year, $5.5 million contract on Tuesday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old blueliner is coming off a season in which he suited up in a career-high 76 games for the Wings, notching 13 points and 68 penalty minutes. He's only an option in deeper formats for now, however, especially given his limited power-play opportunities.

4/20/2015

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Set To Rejoin Lineup

News: Brendan Smith is slated to play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Lightning, mlive.com reports.
Analysis: With Brendan Smith back in the Detroit lineup and in line to be paired with Marek Zidlicky, Jakub Kindl and Alexey Marchenko are in line to be healthy scratches on Tuesday.

4/17/2015

Brendan Smith, D, DET Wings Make Smith A Healthy Scratch For Game 1

Brendan Smith

Wings Make Smith A Healthy Scratch For Game 1

News: Brendan Smith will be a healthy scratch for Game 1 of the Red Wings' first-round playoff series with the Lightning, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Coach Mike Babcock scratched Brendan Smith for last Saturday's regular-season finale after the defenseman received a costly penalty in the Red Wings' prior game, and it appears he hasn't been forgiven for the mistake. Alexei Marchenko will make his playoff debut in his place, but it still seems possible that Smith will earn his way back into the lineup later in the series.

4/11/2015

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Was Benched For Stupid Penalty

News: Updating an earlier report, Brendan Smith was benched Saturday for taking a foolish penalty in Thursday's game and was not just given rest before the postseason, according to the Associated Press.
Analysis: His penalty cost the Wings the game Thursday against Montreal. He put his team down two-men after swatting an in-play puck while on the bench. The Habs promptly scored on the the two-man advantage to tie the game and then the Wings lost in OT. We're pretty sure the young defender won't have another brain fart like that again.

4/11/2015

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Brendan Smith

Red Wings' Smith To Rest For Finale

News: Brendan Smith (rest) will not play in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Hurricanes, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: The Red Wings have already solidified their spot in the postseason, so coach Mike Babcock will give Brendan Smith and three other regulars the night off in order to recover from a long regular season. With both Smith and Niklas Kronwall unavailable on the blue line, Jakub Kindl and AHL Grand Rapids call-up Alexei Marchenko will enter the lineup.

3/1/2015

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Brendan Smith

Red Wings' Smith Set To Play Saturday

News: Updating a previous report, Brendan Smith (arm) will play Saturday against the Red Wings, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: Earlier reports indicated that Brendan Smith wasn't on the ice for pregame warmups, but he apparently surfaced later during the skate and convinced the Red Wings he was sufficiently healthy. As a result, AHL call-up Xavier Ouellet will head to the press box while Smith plays in his 56th match of the season.

2/28/2015

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Looks To Be Out Saturday

News: Brendan Smith (arm) is not taking part in pregame warmups, suggesting he'll be out Saturday against the Predators.
Analysis: With Brendan Smith unavailable, fresh AHL call-up Xavier Ouellet will step in to join Alexey Marchenko on the Wings' third defensive pairing. Smith should be considered day-to-day ahead of the team's next game Wednesday against the Rangers.

2/28/2015

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith A Game-Time Decision Saturday

News: Brendan Smith is dealing with a sore arm and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's tilt with the Predators, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: The Red Wings will see how Brendan Smith is feeling closer to pregame warmups before determining whether or not he'll be able to play. Xavier Ouellet was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids as insurance on the blue line, so he would enter the lineup in the event Smith is ruled out.

2/15/2015

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Adds Assist In Loss

News: Brendan Smith collected an assist in Saturday's shootout loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Despite finishing the night with nearly three minutes less ice time than he had been averaging for the year, Brendan Smith attempted a season-high four shots. The assist helped Smith reach double-digit scoring for the second straight season, but during his tenure with the Wings, he's generally failed to deliver the offensive production that the Wings were counting on when the drafted him in 2007.

1/21/2015

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Nabs Assist, Two PIM Tuesday

News: Brendan Smith picked up an assist and two penalty minutes in Tuesday's win over the Wild.
Analysis: It was the first point since Dec. 23 for Brendan Smith, who has only two goals and six assists in 42 games. The lack of points in combination with his meager hit, block, and PIM totals don't provide Smith with much fantasy appeal.

12/24/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Tallies Assist In Victory

News: Brendan Smith registered an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Sabres.
Analysis: Despite the Red Wings winning by a comfortable three-goal margin, Brendan Smith managed to go minus-2 over his 19:41 of ice time. The 25-year-old has held down a regular role throughout his fourth NHL season, but he has yet to develop into the puck-moving threat the Red Wings envisioned when they drafted him in 2007. His two goals and seven points in 30 games don't offer much to get excited over.

11/30/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings Activate Smith

News: Brendan Smith was activated from injured reserve Sunday.
Analysis: Brendan Smith was considered a possibility for Sunday's game, and now is all but certain to suit up. The Red Wings sent Xavier Ouellet back to AHL Grand Rapids to open up room on the roster. Either Brian Lashoff or Jakub Kindl will likely be scratched Sunday.

11/29/2014

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Brendan Smith

Red Wings' Smith Could Play Sunday

News: Brendan Smith (hand) could play in Sunday's game against the Canucks, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Brendan Smith has been cleared to play, but the Red Wings will wait until Sunday to see how he feels before making a decision on whether or not to activate him. Xavier Ouellet will head back to the AHL when Smith is officially activated from injured reserve.

11/25/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Set To Come Off IR

News: Brendan Smith (hand infection) returned to practice Tuesday and can come off injured reserve Wednesday, but will likely need more practice time before returning to the lineup, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.
Analysis: Brendan Smith has been out a week with the infection sustained during a fight with Columbus' Nick Foligno. The infection required minor surgery, but Smith seems to be progressing well from the fluky setback. A return this weekend is an outside possibility.

11/19/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Lands On IR

News: Brendan Smith (hand) was placed on the 7-day IR on Wednesday with a hand infection.
Analysis: Brendan Smith developed an infection from a fight in Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets and will miss at least a week from it. Smith has six points through 18 games this year, including four in his last five. Xavier Ouellet was called up and will fill in during his absence.

11/19/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Posts Round Stat Line Tuesday

News: Brendan Smith skated only 13:41 on Tuesday against the Jackets, but tallied two assists, went plus-3 and picked up five for fighting.
Analysis: While Brendan Smith's off to a slow start overall this year, Tuesday's stat-stuffing effort gives him a more-than-respectable four points (including his first two goals of the season) in the last five games. The talented defender is coming around offensively, so make sure he's owned in your leagues.

11/19/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Won't Travel To Winnipeg

News: Brendan Smith is dealing with an infection stemming from a fight in Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets and won't travel with the team to Winnipeg on Thursday, Chuck Pleiness of Macomb Daily reports.
Analysis: the report adds that Brendan Smith could join the team in Toronto on Saturday, though that is unclear at this point. He has been relatively productive on the offensive end for the Red Wings, posting six points (two goals, four assists) in 18 games. Jakub Kindl will likely dress in his absence.

11/8/2014

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Brendan Smith

Detroit's Smith Scores First Goal Of Season

News: Brendan Smith netted his first goal of the season Friday in a 4-2 victory against the Devils.
Analysis: Brendan Smith has started to pick up his offensive game a bit after a slow start, with three points in his last six contests. Smith has some offensive ability and could put up 30 points a season if he can can find some consistency.

11/2/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Tallies Assist In Loss

News: Brendan Smith registered a helper in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres on Sunday.
Analysis: Brendan Smith hasn't done much offensively on the second defensive pairing this season, with two points in 10 games. Those pair of assists have come in the past three games, however, and Smith does have a fair amount of offensive skill.

9/30/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Returns To Action

News: Brendan Smith (hip) returned to action Monday against the Maple Leafs, logging 25:57 of ice time.
Analysis: Almost 10 minutes of Brendan Smith's time came on the penalty kill, a unit coach Mike Babcock expects him to be a fixture on this season. While not a premier blueline scorer, Smith did manage to pot five goals to along with 14 assists in 71 games, proving he does have some puck-moving ability. As he prepares for his third NHL season, it wouldn't be inconceivable for Smith to take a decent-sized jump in scoring this season, though he's unlikely to usurp Niklas Kronwall as the team's top point-getter on defense.

9/29/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Day To Day

News: Brendan Smith didn't skate Monday due to a hip flexor and is day to day, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.
Analysis: Brendan Smith should be good to go for the Red Wings' season opener on Oct. 9; he just may not play or practice as much until then. He had 19 points last season and will likely be paired with defensive-minded Kyle Quincey to begin the season.

9/22/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Set To Pair With Quincey 2014-15

News: Brendan Smith will join Kyle Quincey on the second pairing during Tuesday's preseason opener vs. the Blackhawks, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: The duo primarily partnered with each other last season, though Brendan Smith did occasionally pair up with top blueliner Niklas Kronwall toward the end of the campaign. The 25-year-old took much grief for the frequency with which he turned over the puck in the offseason, but aside from Kronwall, he may offer the most fantasy upside of any Detroit defenseman. If his decision-making can catch up with his speed and on-ice energy, Smith could make a run at 30 points this season. He'll be a leading candidate to earn a spot on one of the Wings' power-play units, which are in desperate need of talented point men.

3/22/2014

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Brendan Smith

Wings' Smith Hits Scoresheet Twice Saturday

News: Brendan Smith recorded a point for the first time in seven games Saturday, scoring a goal and adding an assist in Detroit's 3-2 triumph over the Wild.
Analysis: The 25-year-old defenseman is up to four goals, 13 assists and 54 PIM in 59 games this season. Despite the fact that those are all modest career highs in his brief NHL career, Brendan Smith still has a ways to go to reach fantasy prominence.

3/19/2014

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Brendan Smith

Red Wings' Smith Likely To Move Back To Defense

News: Brendan Smith is expected to move back from forward to his normal spot on defense in the games to come, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: With Jonathan Ericsson set to miss the next four-to-six weeks with a broken finger, Brendan Smith will likely slot in on the top pairing alongside Niklas Kronwall. Smith has 15 points in 57 games this season.

3/18/2014

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Brendan Smith

Detroit's Smith To Play Forward Tuesday

News: With injuries piling up for Detroit, Brendan Smith has been moved to forward Tuesday against Toronto, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Brendan Smith hasn't played forward since his teenage days, so Tuesday should be an interesting game for him. He does tend to be an offensive-minded blueliner, so Detroit is hoping it's not a difficult transition for the night. Smith has 15 points in 56 games this season.