Craig Smith, Boston Bruins
Let’s start with the most recent fan-favorite to go to another team, and that’s Craig Smith. An integral part of the Nashville Predators for several seasons after being drafted in 2009 as a fourth-round pick.
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Smith is definitely one of those players you want to see have success in his post-Nashville Predators career. He’s such a classy guy and one that always bring 100 percent to the ice every game.
With all of the struggles the Predators are having in this current season, they sure could use a player like Smith to bring them some sort of tenacity and leadership. This team really lacks identity right now.
Smith is also playing for a Stanley Cup contender in the Boston Bruins. We’ll all be very happy for Smith if he wins a Stanley Cup this season with Boston. He has just five points in 13 games, but he’s still an important depth player for them.
Smith is fifth all-time for the Predators in goals with 162, fifth in games played with 661 and sixth in points with 330. On the current Predators roster, only Filip Forsberg leads Smith in all-time points and goals.
It still baffles me that the Predators didn’t figure out a way to retain Smith.