I like Craig Smith. Big body who consistently scored 20 goals on Nashville teams that weren’t exactly loaded up front for many of those years. He can finish around the net which they could use more of.
Right Wing has gone from a huge weakness to a strength in less than a year. Pasta/Kase/Smith is fantastic. To me, Smith seems like the perfect player to play with Krejci. He drives possession and is very good at getting high danger scoring chances.
Well it also should’ve been illegal to let Kase on the ice during the Tampa series. Generating points would be nice eventually. And I say this as someone who likes analytics, just not a be all, end all
Smith has fit in nicely. He's never really put up huge counting stats because of limited ice time, particularly PP ice time. Since 2018/2019 he's 15th among RW in goals per 60 and 22nd in points per 60 at even strength. Puts him ahead of guys like William Nylander and Alex DeBrincat. His 0.97 goals per 60 is right behind Patrick Kane's 0.99. Pretty good company to be keeping, though you probably never would've guessed it given he's only broken 40 points once in the past 6 seasons.
Theoretically, his production him in as a first line RW on half the teams in the league. Score one for the analytics department.
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