Originally written on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 2/24/12
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The Nashville Predators have traded center, Jerred Smithson to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2012 6th round pick. Here is the Press Release.

 



Nashville, Tenn. (February 24, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft in exchange for forward Jerred Smithson.

The Predators now have nine draft picks for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft to be held June 22-23, 2012 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. – their own picks in the first, and fourth through seventh rounds, in addition Toronto’s third-round pick, Phoenix’s fourth rounder and both Florida and the New York Rangers’ sixth-round selections.

Smithson, 33 (2/4/79), suited up for 497 regular-season games for the Predators from 2005-12, the sixth-most in franchise history, amassing 86 points (36g-50a) and 313 penalty minutes. The Vernon, B.C., native has appeared in each of the Predators last five playoff appearances as well, and ranks fifth in the franchise’s postseason games played list (31). On April 22, 2011 in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Anaheim, he scored the first overtime goal in Predators postseason history, helping Nashville win its first ever playoff series the following game.

Thoughts

I don't think this trade makes too much sense. Jerred Smithson is a great player on the forecheck and on the penalty kill. I just don't like trading a player who plays "Predators' Hockey" for a sixth round pick.

With trading Smithson, that must mean that Patric Hornqvist is back in the line-up tomorrow night. Brian McGrattan must be close as well. The depth of the forwards is the main cause of this trade. Barry Trotz has to make a hard decision on who to take out night in, and night out. Not an awful trade, but I feel the Panthers won that trade. That trade could mean that David Poile is going to make a trade for a forward this weekend. So stay on Twitter this weekend!

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