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Nathan Smith
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Position Centre
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
AHL Team
F. Teams
Syracuse Crunch
NHL:
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota Wild
DEL:
Augsburger Panther
Born February 9 1982 (1982-02-09) (age 34),
Edmonton, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2000
Vancouver Canucks
Pro Career 2002 – present

Nathan Smith (born February 10, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

Smith was drafted 23rd overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. After spending four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, Smith signed his first professional contract with the Canucks on May 31, 2002, a day before his rights were due to expire.[1] He made his professional debut in the American Hockey League with the Manitoba Moose in the 2002-03 season. His time spent in the Vancouver organization was filled with injuries, including an almost-career ending knee injury suffered during his 3rd season.

Smith signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 12, 2007. On April 27, 2008, Smith was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after he was observed streaking in Scranton. He claimed he was acting on a bet.[2] Smith played in over 13 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also scored his first NHL goal which was later called off. Smith acted as Captain for the affiliate team, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and took his team to the Calder Cup finals, which they lost to the Chicago Wolves in game 5 of the final series.

On July 10, 2008, Smith signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche. He was assigned to affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL, for the 2008–09 season, and played as captain, before suffering a season-ending knee injury on January 23, 2009.[3]

On July 22, 2009, Smith signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. In the 2009–10 season, Smith made his return to the NHL on October 14, 2009, in a 3-2 defeat to the Anaheim Ducks.[4] He played in 9 games with the Wild throughout the season, but primarily played with AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, to score 37 points in 67 games.

On August 6, 2010, Smith left North America and signed a one-year contract with German team, Augsburger Panther of the DEL.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Swift Current Broncos WHL 47 5 8 13 26
1999–00 Swift Current Broncos WHL 70 21 28 49 72 12 1 6 7 4
2000–01 Swift Current Broncos WHL 67 28 62 90 78 19 4 3 7 20
2001–02 Swift Current Broncos WHL 47 22 38 60 52 12 3 6 9 18
2002–03 Manitoba Moose AHL 53 9 8 17 30 14 1 3 4 25
2003–04 Manitoba Moose AHL 76 4 16 20 71
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Manitoba Moose AHL 72 7 9 16 67 14 2 4 6 20
2005–06 Manitoba Moose AHL 20 5 4 9 57
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Manitoba Moose AHL 72 19 21 40 76 6 0 1 1 12
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 68 22 28 50 61 22 7 11 18 40
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 44 6 10 16 42
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 67 14 23 37 83
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 9 0 0 0 12
2010–11 Augsburger Panther DEL 52 4 12 16 42
NHL totals 26 0 0 0 14 4 0 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. Vancouver signs 2000 draft pick, could lose another. ESPN (2002-05-31). Retrieved on 2009-03-12.
  2. Smith caught streaking; Stone arrested for public drunkenness. ESPN (2008-04-29). Retrieved on 2009-04-23.
  3. Monsters strong form continues. News-herald.com (2009-02-01). Retrieved on 2009-04-16.
  4. Perry's two goals leads Ducks past Wild, 3-2.. Yahoo! Sports (2009-10-14). Retrieved on 2010-08-06.

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Preceded by
Henrik Sedin
Vancouver Canucks first round pick
2000
Succeeded by
R. J. Umberger
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