Smith snapped a 10-game pointless drought with a goal and two assists during Saturday's 7-0 rout of the Jets. With 96 points over the past two seasons, you knew Smith was going to bust out eventually, but perhaps not in such dramatic fashion. Those of you who were patient enough to stick with him during his cold spell were nicely rewarded Saturday. The question is, is this the start of a return to more consistent point production for Smith? Only time will tell. In the meantime, however, we need to see more from him before we can recommend him on a regular basis.
Smith was held off the scoresheet during Saturday's OT loss to the Kings, extending his current scoreless streak to five games. Smith now has just three goals and zero assists on the season - at this pace he'll be lucky to hit 30 points. Smith has always been a streaky scorer, so hopefully he picks up the pace and starts to generate a little more offense. For now, he continues to see decent amounts of ice time (16:41) playing on the Preds' second line with Mike Ribeiro and Colin Wilson.
Smith scored on a first-period power play Thursday, helping propel the Predators to a 2-1 season-opening win over Carolina. Smith's coming off a bit of a disappointing follow-up to his 2013-14 breakout campaign, as he saw his point total fall from 52 to 44 and his goal total fall by one (to 23) despite easily setting a new career high in shots on goal. A little rebound in shooting percentage paired with his near-guaranteed top-six ice time should mean a rebound to 50-plus points is well within reach for the talented 26-year-old.
Craig Smith signed a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension with the Predators on Monday.
Craig Smith and the Predators are far apart on a contract as they head into arbitration on Monday, reports Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada.
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