Brendan Smith (D)
Grand Rapids Griffins
2011-12: Bested his AHL rookie point totals with 34 (10-24—34) in 57 games…Led the team’s defensemen in scoring and ranked among team leaders with 24 assists (8th), 34 points (8th), 90 penalty minutes (4th), three power play goals (T5th), 10 power play assists (3rd), two shorthanded goals (1st), four shorthanded points (1st), four game-winning goals (T1st) and three shootout goals (2nd)…Recorded his first point of the season and scored the shootout-winning goal, 10/22/11 at Oklahoma City…Enjoyed a five-game point streak, 11/29/11-12/10/11, picking up seven points (3-4—7) in that stretch…Bested that streak and set a new career-high with a seven-game run, tallying nine points (3-6—9) from 1/20/12-2/4/12…Contributed points in 10 of 11 games overall, registering 12 points (4-8—12) from 1/20/12-2/15/12…Recorded eight multi-point games overall…Also logged 14 games in the NHL, picking up seven points (1-6—7)…Made his NHL debut, 11/17/11 at San Jose, and tallied his first NHL point in his second game, 11/19/11 at Los Angeles…Scored his first NHL goal, 3/2/12 vs. Minnesota…Recorded his first NHL multi-point game with a pair of assists, 3/19/12 vs. Washington.
2010-11: Served as a “black ace” with Detroit during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs…Named to the 2010-11 AHL All-Rookie Team…Racked up 32 points (12-20—32) in 63 games for the Griffins, finishing second among the team’s defensemen in scoring and notching the third-highest point total in franchise history for a first-year blueliner…Produced three different four-game point streaks, the most productive of which occurred from 10/24/10-11/5/10 when he had seven points (3-4—7)…Became the first rookie defenseman in franchise history to be selected to the AHL All-Star Game, though he did not participate due to injury…Led all Griffins defensemen in goals (12), power play goals (5) and game-winning goals (4)…Led all AHL rookie defensemen in goals and tied for second among AHL blueliners in game-winning goals.
2009-10: Named to the WCHA First All-Star Team, the NCAA West First All-American Team, and the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team…Chosen as a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award…Named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year…Helped lead the Wisconsin Badgers to the NCAA title game in Detroit as a junior, losing to Boston College…Had a career year, leading all NCAA defensemen and tying for second overall in the WCHA with 52 points (15-37—52) in 42 games…Placed among the team’s leaders in goals (3rd), assists (2nd), points (T2nd), penalty minutes (76, 1st), power play goals (11, 2nd) and game-winning goals (four, T1st)…Set collegiate highs for games played, goals, assists, points and PIM…Was a three-time winner of the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honor…Was the first Wisconsin blueliner to record 50 points since the 1989-90 campaign.
2008-09: Ranked among the Badgers’ leaders with nine goals (T6th), 14 assists (6th), 23 points (T7th), 75 PIM (2nd) and nine power play goals (2nd) in 31 contests…Led Wisconsin defensemen in goals and ranked second in points despite missing nine games with a broken wrist.
2007-08: Tied for second among Wisconsin freshmen with 12 points (2-10—12) in 22 games…Finished fourth among team defensemen in assists…Missed 18 contests due to injury.
2006-07: Helped St. Michael’s reach the OPJHL semifinals, pacing Buzzers defensemen in all scoring categories and ranking among the team’s leaders with six goals (5th), 14 assists (2nd) and 20 points (T2nd) in 16 postseason contests…Also led team blueliners in each point category during the regular season, with 36 points (12-24—39) through 39 games…Ranked among the team’s overall leaders in goals (T8th), assists (T4th) and points (6th)…Placed fourth on the team with 90 PIM…Skated for the South East All-Star Team at the OPJHL All-Star Game…Named to the Ontario Hockey Association Top Prospect Team.
2005-06: Helped lead St. Michael’s to an OPJHL championship, earning six points (1-5—6) and 44 PIM in 17 playoff outings…Logged 39 regular season contests with the Buzzers, totaling 26 points (5-21—26) and 55 PIM…Placed second among team defensemen in both assists and points.