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15 Craig Smith C
Height/Weight: 6-1/199 | Birthdate: 9/5/1989 | Birthplace: Madison, WI, USA | Team: Nashville Predators | College: Wisconsin | NHL Experience: 3 | Salary: $740,000 | Owned/Started%: 56/36 | Average Draft Position: 156.46
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1/28/2015

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Bags Game-Winner

News: Craig Smith scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's overtime victory over the Avalanche.
Analysis: Craig Smith claimed first star honors after beating Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov on a breakaway at the 2:46 mark of the extra period. It's the 14th goal of the season for the 25-year-old, who ranks fourth on the team in that category.

1/13/2015

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Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Contributes Two Points On Power Play

News: Craig Smith potted a power-play goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's win over the Canucks, snapping a three-game scoreless skid.
Analysis: He'd had just three power-play points -- all goals -- this season prior to Tuesday's game, so this is a big one for Craig Smith, who's seen his stats lag this year despite the Predators' wild success. He still owns a pretty modest 24 points in 42 games, putting him on pace to finish in the mid-40s, which would represent a step back from last season's 52. Essentially all of the deficit has been in assists, as Smith has only 11 of those to accompany his 13 goals; he finished with more assists than goals in each of his first three NHL seasons, so that'll probably flip back by the end of this campaign.

1/5/2015

Craig Smith, C, NSH Preds' C. Smith Cashes In On Top-Line Opportunity

Craig Smith

Preds' C. Smith Cashes In On Top-Line Opportunity

News: Craig Smith tallied his 12th goal of the season and attempted six shots over his 17:32 of ice time in Sunday's loss to the Ducks.
Analysis: Craig Smith was elevated to a top-line role for the Preds' two weekend contests while James Neal was out with a lower-body injury, notching a point in each match. Neal's ailment isn't believed to be a long-term concern at this point, but Smith may be worth a pickup on speculation alone. He had shown some signs of heating up prior to his top-line promotion, tallying four goals an assist in his preceding six games.

12/22/2014

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Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Pots Two

News: Craig Smith scored twice in Monday's 5-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: After going five straight games without a point, Craig Smith now has four in his last two contests. Through 32 games he now has 10 goals and nine assists, and while the 25-year-old likely won't match last season's 52-point effort, he could still surpass the 40-point mark by the end of the year.

12/21/2014

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Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Snaps Scoring Drought

News: Craig Smith cracked the scoresheet for the first time in six games Saturday, notching a goal and an assist in the Preds' 6-5 OT win over the Wild. He also fired seven shots on goal and saw 18:44 in ice time.
Analysis: With James Neal out with an undisclosed illness, Craig Smith was promoted to the top line alongside Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg, and the move paid instant dividends for coach Peter Laviolette. Enjoy the scoring surge while it lasts, as once Neal is ready to return, Smith will no doubt be shifted back to his usual second-line status. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain his productivity once that happens.

11/26/2014

Craig Smith, C, NSH Preds' Smith Notches Two Points In Win

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Notches Two Points In Win

News: Craig Smith gathered a goal and an assist in Tuesday's shootout win over the Kings, finishing plus-1 with four shots on goal and two takeaways.
Analysis: Craig Smith's been rolling along nicely of late, with two goals, three helpers, a plus-5 rating, six PIM and 21 shots on goal over the last five games. He's still a decent bit short of last season's scoring pace, but things are definitely coming along.

11/15/2014

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Strikes For Game-Winner

News: Craig Smith notched the game-winning goal Saturday against Winnipeg.
Analysis: Although he is skating on the third line, Craig Smith still logged 15:30 of ice time Saturday, picking up his sixth goal of the season. Smith has produced a decent nine points in 17 games this season, putting him on pace to hit the 25-goal mark for the first time in his career. The 25-year-old has built off the success of his career 52-point season in 2013-14 and is emerging as a reliable secondary scorer.

10/30/2014

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Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Finds Twine Twice Wednesday

News: Craig Smith potted his second and third goals of the year in Wedneday's 4-1 win over the Oilers. He also fired five shots on net and skated to a plus-1.
Analysis: Craig Smith is enjoying time on a surprisingly capable second line with Derek Roy and Matt Cullen, who tallied an assist each on Smith's goals. The fourth-year NHLer quietly racked up 24 goals and 28 assists while firing 216 shots on goal last season, and he seems primed to best those numbers with the first line of James Neal, Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg taking some of the heat off him.

10/14/2014

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Craig Smith

Smith Tallies Two Helpers For Preds

News: Craig Smith tallied a pair of assists, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's shootout loss to Calgary.
Analysis: Craig Smith had the secondary helpers on both Nashville goals, so it's not the most impressive showing of all time, but it still gives him three points and a plus-3 rating through three games this year. Coming off a breakout 52-point season, Smith is going to be a big part of whatever the Preds can do on offense. He skated 17:23 on Tuesday.

10/10/2014

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Notches Power-Play Goal

News: Craig Smith tallied a power-play goal in Thursday's win over the Senators.
Analysis: Craig Smith's marker under two minutes into the third period keyed the Preds' comeback victory, as Shea Weber and Eric Nystrom would follow in the next 10 minutes with goals of their own. The 25-year-old saw only 13:45 of ice time in the contest, and a relatively low minutes total could be a legitimate concern toward his chances of surpassing last season's 52-point production.

9/29/2014

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Looking Good In Preseason

News: Craig Smith scored his second goal of the preseason during a 2-1 split-squad win over the Panthers on Saturday.
Analysis: Craig Smith appears to be picking up where he left off after closing out the 2013-14 season with eight points in his last four games. So far in the preseason, Smith has looked awfully good skating with Derek Roy and Colin Wilson, a combination that projects as the Preds' second line once the regular season begins. Smith makes for a good mid- to late-round selection in most fantasy formats.

4/14/2014

Craig Smith, C, NSH Preds' Smith Ends Year On Explosive Note

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Ends Year On Explosive Note

News: Craig Smith exploded for two goals and two assists in Sunday's season-closing 7-3 win over the Wild.
Analysis: Craig Smith ends his third season in NHL on a high note, as he scored in each of his last four games, accumulating four goals and four assists in total during that span. The impressive finish allowed him to set career-bests across just about every offensive category, and has him positioned to fill a feature role with the Predators in 2014-15, perhaps even as a member of the top line.

3/28/2014

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Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Assists In Win Over Sabres

News: Craig Smith recorded an assist during Thursday's 6-1 romp over the Sabres, his third helper in his last four games.
Analysis: Craig Smith has been a steady producer for the Preds so far this season, currently playing on the second line with Gabriel Bourque and rookie Calle Jarnkrok. He now has 20 goals and 23 assists on the season -- both career highs -- which are enough to make him a decent fantasy play in medium to deeper formats.

3/11/2014

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Reaches 20 Goals For First Time

News: Craig Smith scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's win over the Sabres, giving him 20 goals and 40 points for the season.
Analysis: This is Craig Smith's first time to 20 goals and 40 points, but it most likely won't be his last. The 24-year-old is a heady player with solid offensive upside -- he could develop into a 60-point man by next year.

3/11/2014

Craig Smith, C, NSH Preds' Smith Snaps Scoring Slump

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Snaps Scoring Slump

News: Craig Smith scored his 19th goal of the season in Monday's overtime win over the Senators.
Analysis: Just two minutes after Nick Spaling kicked off the Preds' scoring eight minutes into the second period, Craig Smith re-directed a shot from Mattias Ekholm into the net to give the Preds a 2-0 lead. It was his first goal since Feb. 6 and just his second point since the Olympic break.

2/15/2014

Craig Smith, C, NSH Preds' Smith On Verge Of Record Season

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith On Verge Of Record Season

News: Craig Smith went into the Olympic break with 36 points in 56 games, tying his output from his rookie campaign two seasons ago.
Analysis: Following a three-game absence in early December, Craig Smith has been a very consistent contributor for the Preds with 21 points in his last 27 games. Furthermore, he has not gone more than two games without a point over that stretch. If he's not in your fantasy lineup once NHL play resumes, go see if you can pluck him from your league's waiver wire - he makes for a great pickup right now.

2/6/2014

Craig Smith, C, NSH Smith Nabs Two Goals In Preds Loss

Craig Smith

Smith Nabs Two Goals In Preds Loss

News: Craig Smith scored both of the Predator goals in a 2-3 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.
Analysis: Craig Smith is building on some strong play with two two goals and four assists in his last five games. He has one more game to go before the Olympic break.

1/29/2014

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Helps Out In Win

News: Craig Smith collected two assists in Tuesday's win over Winnipeg.
Analysis: He's in the midst of a very solid road trip, having tallied four points in as many games on the Preds' current swing through Canada, and remains a very useful fantasy asset in deeper formats.

1/10/2014

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Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Gets Pair Of Points Thursday

News: Craig Smith had a goal and assist in Thursday's loss to the Ducks.
Analysis: After a disappointing sophomore season, Craig Smith has emerged as one of the Predators' most talented scorers, compiling 13 goals and 14 assists in 42 games. With the Predators seemingly out of the running for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, look for the 24-year-old to receive a featured role the rest of the way, as the team appears to view Smith as a major building block for the future.

12/23/2013

Craig Smith, C, NSH Predators' Smith Tallies Twice In Loss

Craig Smith

Predators' Smith Tallies Twice In Loss

News: Craig Smith extended his point streak to three games on Monday, scoring the only two Nashville goals in a 6-2 loss to the Bruins.
Analysis: Craig Smith is on pace for a career-high season and now has 21 points in 34 games. He scored two goals on Monday for the second time in three games. One of those tallies against Boston came with the man advantage, as Smith now has four power-play markers on the season.

12/19/2013

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Smith Has Only Two Goals For Predators

News: Craig Smith scored the only two goals for the Predators as they loss to Tampa on Thursday.
Analysis: Craig Smith is on pace to have the best season of his young career this year. Still though he may not crack the 20 goal mark of 50 point plateau.

12/15/2013

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Returns From Injury To Help Defeat Sharks

News: Craig Smith returned from a three-game absence (flu and healthy scratch) to help the Preds defeat the Sharks 3-2 on Saturday, assisting on Roman Josi's second-period power-play goal.
Analysis: Craig Smith played saw his usual 14½ minutes of ice time, dished out four hits and had two shots on goal. It appears safe to get him back into your fantasy lineups at this time.

12/14/2013

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith To Play Saturday

News: Craig Smith (illness) will return to the lineup Saturday vs. the Sharks, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Craig Smith will draw back in after missing the previous three games for the Predators. In spite of his recent setback, Smith is still tied for third in scoring for the team with 15 points in 29 games.

12/13/2013

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith To Be Game-Time Decision

News: Craig Smith skated this morning and will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Stars.
Analysis: Craig Smith was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Rangers due to flu-like symptoms. He will be evaluated by coach Barry Trotz before pregame warmups to determine his availability.

12/12/2013

Craig Smith, C, NSH

Craig Smith

Preds' Smith Will Not Play Thursday

News: Craig Smith (illness) will not play Thursday against the Stars, Jim Diamond of the Franklin Examiner reports.
Analysis: It's the second straight game he'll miss on account of the illness, and the third straight overall after he was a healthy scratch last Saturday against the Capitals. Craig Smith did join the Predators on the ice for pregame warmups, so it appears he could be an option for Saturday's contest against the Sharks.