Smith is eligible to be picked by the Golden Knights in Wednesday's expansion draft.
The 27-year-old fell one short of the 30-point mark this past season, continuing the steady decline he's been experiencing. With a lot of young talent arriving in the Music City, Smith saw a drop in playing time and -- for the first time in his career -- didn't earn a consistent power-play spot. It seems like he's still a high-caliber player who just didn't capitalize this season. Regardless, it's a lot more likely that Vegas picks up fellow forward James Neal, who has 99 points over the past two seasons.
Smith notched a primary assist in Game 4 against Pittsburgh on Monday.
After missing most of the first three series, Smith has played in all four games of the Stanley Cup Final. He was able to light the lamp in Game 3 with a breakaway goal, and Monday night's assist sparked his team's offense. Smith has been doing his part in all aspects of the game, recording a plus-2 rating, six hits and 11 shots on goal while averaging 12:40 of ice time in this series.
Smith (undisclosed) should return in Game 1 against Pittsburgh on Monday, Arpon Basu of NHL.com reports.
According to head coach Peter Laviolette, all players will be available for the Stanley Cup Final, which includes Smith and injured teammate Mike Fisher (undisclosed). Smith only notched 29 points in 78 regular-season games, so don't look toward him for much fantasy production.
Smith (undisclosed) was not in the lineup for Game 6 against Anaheim on Monday.
The veteran forward participated in full at morning skate early in the day but wasn't able to play after subbing in on a few line rushes during pregame warmups. If the Predators emerge victorious in Game 6 and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, the extra rest could be enough to get the 27-year-old back on the ice. If Anaheim prevails, it'll be interesting to see if Smith is able to return for Game 7 on Wednesday.
Smith (undisclosed) was a full participant at Monday's game-day practice and could be available against Anaheim, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
Even if Smith is unable to give it a go for Game 6, practicing in full should be taken as a good sign that he is nearing a return and could bee in action sooner rather than later. The Preds have been ravaged by injuries during the playoffs -- including Mike Fisher (undisclosed), Ryan Johansen (thigh) and Kevin Fiala (leg) -- so getting back the 27-year-old Smith would be a real shot in the arm for Nashville regardless of whether that happens Monday or in a potential Game 7.