The following is a press release from the Predators…
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 22, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forward Craig Smith to Milwaukee (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. Smith remains on Nashville’s active roster during the conditioning stint.
Smith, 23 (9/5/89), has nine points (3g-9a) in 30 games this season for Nashville, with all but one of those points (an assist) coming in his last 15 games. The Madison, Wis., native has played in 102 career NHL contests, but has yet to appear in an American Hockey League game.
This is an interesting move by the Predators. It’s the third time the team has assigned an individual to an AHL conditioning assignment this season; Brian McGrattan and Matt Halischuk were the others. Halischuk appeared in two games in Milwaukee and collected three points. Ever since he has returned to Nashville, he has played much better.
This weekend with the Admirals will play games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s a good opportunity for Smith to get a lot of playing time, gain some confidence and come back a motivated player. This may be a short-term trick by the Preds to spark one of their most skilled forwards.