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Preds send Smith to Milwaukee for conditioning assignment, can he find his stride?


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Our own James Nelson called it prior to it’s actual release and moments ago the Predators indeed did announce the same thing, Craig Smith has indeed been sent down to Milwaukee for a conditioning assignment.

Prior to February 2nd, 2012, Smith had 31 points (11 goals and 20 assists) in 50 games total. In the previous 52 games, however? 6 goals and 8 assists, not even half the previous total he put up.

So what is the issue with Craig Smith? We talked about it a bit on The Predcast this week, that a “conditioning assignment” would probably work wonders for Smith. If it has the same effect as it did on Halischuk, a re-invigorated Smith would be exactly what Nashville would need.

From the Nashville Predators PR department:

“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.”