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Just before the clock struck noon Friday, the Nashville Predators sent forward Craig Smith on a conditioning assignment in Milwaukee. Smith was scratched Thursday in Nashville's 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames and the team appeared to be gelling quite well.
Smith has 3 goals in the thirty games and hasn't produced the way Barry Trotz and his coaching staff hoped he would in his sophomore season.
Here is the press release sent by the Predators.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 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.