|Assets:||Skates extremely well and is adept at rushing up ice with the puck. Has offensive ability, an aggressive nature and excellent size. Has good puck skills and a bit of a mean streak.|
|Flaws:||Lacks consistency in all areas of the game of hockey. Also, he could stand to pick his spots better in the hitting department, as he can at times lose his positioning and focus.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent but solid, all-around defenseman.|
|WCHA||Defensive Player of the Year||2009-10|
|WCHA||First All-Star Team||2009-10|
|NCAA||West First All-American Team||2009-10|
|NCAA||Frozen Four All-Tournament Team||2009-10|
|11/19/2015||Missed 5 games (illness).|
|6/30/2015||Re-signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a two-year contract.|
|11/30/2014||Missed 5 games (hand injury).|
|11/19/2014||Hand infection, injured reserve.|
|11/19/2013||Missed 6 games (shoulder injury).|
|11/03/2013||Shoulder injury, injured reserve.|
|7/15/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Detroit Red Wings to a two-year contract.|
|6/25/2013||Detroit Red Wings tendered a qualifying offer.|
|2/27/2013||Missed 11 games (shoulder injury).|
|2/03/2013||Shoulder injury, injured reserve.|
|1/13/2013||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|9/14/2012||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|4/16/2012||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|3/25/2012||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|2/27/2012||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|11/24/2011||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|11/17/2011||Missed 5 games (suspended by nhl).|
|11/13/2011||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|11/04/2011||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|11/03/2011||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/15/2011||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/13/2011||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/09/2011||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/08/2011||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|9/30/2011||Suspended by the NHL for the remainder of the pre-season and five regular season games.|
|9/30/2011||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|4/11/2011||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/03/2010||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|5/27/2010||Signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/22/2007||Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1st round (27th overall) in 2007.|
| 03/24/2016 10:37 PM
NewsSmith recorded two helpers, a plus-2 rating, two PIM and two hits in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Canadiens.
| 01/24/2016 12:01 AM
NewsSmith's two assists Saturday snapped an eight-game point drought. He now has 12 points, including nine assists, in 40 games this season.
| 12/27/2015 12:32 AM
NewsSmith opened the scoring and assisted on Luke Glendening's game-winning goal Saturday against Nashville.
| 12/19/2015 7:52 AM
NewsSmith tallied his third assist of the season in a 4-3 shootout loss to Vancouver.
| 12/01/2015 10:42 AM
NewsSmith will be in the lineup Tuesday night against the visiting Sabres, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
| 11/20/2015 5:04 PM
NewsSmith (illness) will return to the lineup Friday against the Kings, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
| 11/19/2015 2:24 PM
NewsSmith (illness) is expected to play Friday against the Kings.
| 11/18/2015 12:17 PM
NewsSmith (illness) won't return to the lineup Wednesday against the Capitals, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
| 11/15/2015 3:24 PM
NewsSmith has been sidelined over the past week with an illness, and he will also miss Monday's contest because of it, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
| 11/13/2015 4:34 PM
NewsSmith will miss his second consecutive game Friday against San Jose, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
| 11/10/2015 12:20 PM
NewsSmith (illness) skated Tuesday morning but will not play in the night game against Washington, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports.
| 11/09/2015 2:33 PM
NewsSmith is dealing with an illness and may miss Tuesday's game against the Capitals, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
| 11/08/2015 2:46 PM
NewsSmith is likely to be a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against Dallas, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.
| 10/23/2015 4:31 PM
NewsSmith will draw into the lineup Friday night against the Flames, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
| 06/30/2015 4:02 PM
NewsThe Red Wings re-signed Smith to a two-year contract on Tuesday, the team's official site reports.
Smith brothers set for playoff meeting | 04/16/2014 9:39 AM
NewsBrendan and Reilly Smith will be on opposing sides in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
ImpactBrendan plays on Detroit's top defense pairing and Reilly skates on Boston's second line, so the two of them are sure to cross paths in the series. They have faced each other before during the regular season, but there's a lot more on the line now.
Brendan Smith picks up 2 points vs. Wild | 03/23/2014 7:20 AM
NewsBrendan Smith generated a goal and an assist in Saturday's win over Minnesota.
ImpactHe went pointless in his previous six matches. Smith hasn't enjoyed much success offensively this season with four goals and 17 points in 59 games. The goal was also his first on the power play in his brief career.
Brendan Smith will return to blueline Thurs. | 03/20/2014 12:18 PM
NewsBrendan Smith will return to the back end Thursday night versus Pittsburgh.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHe lined up as a forward in Tuesday's win over Toronto, but in that contest the Red Wings lost Jonathan Ericsson for the rest of the season due to a fractured finger. Smith has three goals and 15 points in 57 games this year.
Battered Wings move Brendan Smith to LW | 03/18/2014 12:37 PM
NewsDefenseman Brendan Smith will serve as a left winger on Tuesday.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactDetroit has been hit hard by injuries all season and at this point they have to resort to creative tactics. Smith has 15 points and 52 penalty minutes in 56 games this season. He hasn't served as a forward since he was about 16 and playing in AAA.
Brendan Smith not injured Friday | 11/30/2013 9:41 AM
NewsBrendan Smith appears to be fine and should be ready to play Sunday in Ottawa.
Ansar Khan Twitter
ImpactHe seemed to injure himself late in the third period against the Islanders Friday night but apparently just had the wind knocked out of him. Keep Smith active if you need him.
Brendan Smith (shoulder) back Tuesday | 11/19/2013 6:27 PM
NewsBrendan Smith (shoulder) will return to the Detroit Red Wings' lineup on Tuesday.
ImpactSmith missed six games due to his injury. The Red Wings plan to dress seven defensemen against the Nashville Predators.
Brendan Smith (shoulder) set to return Tues. | 11/18/2013 6:27 PM
NewsLook for the Red Wings to activate Brendan Smith (shoulder) from injured reserve prior to Tuesday's game versus Nashville.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHe's expected to be one of seven defensemen that Detroit will dress on Tuesday night because coach Mike Babcock figures he'll have only 11 forwards in the lineup.
Brendan Smith (shoulder) could return Tuesday | 11/18/2013 11:52 AM
NewsBrendan Smith (shoulder) might be ready to return on Tuesday.
ImpactHe has missed the last six games because of a shoulder injury. We'll keep you posted on his status even though it's been a tough start to the 2013-14 campaign for the 24-year-old blueliner.
Brendan Smith won't be back this week | 11/07/2013 4:55 PM
NewsBrendan Smith (shoulder) isn't expected to return this week.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHe has been sidelined since Nov. 2 because of a shoulder injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Detroit places Brendan Smith on IR | 11/04/2013 11:23 AM
NewsBrendan Smith (shoulder) has been placed on injured reserve.
ImpactHe logged just over 15 minutes of ice time and picked up 11 penalty minutes in Saturday's 5-0 win over Edmonton. Smith has one assist and a minus-7 rating in 11 games this season, but he still has potential to be a good all-around defender.
Brendan Smith struggles in return to lineup | 10/20/2013 10:14 AM
NewsBrendan Smith had a minus-three rating in his return to the Red Wings' lineup.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactSmith spent four straight games as a healthy scratch, but the Red Wings needed to make a change after Niklas Kronwall suffered a concussion. He's got enough offensive upside to make him interesting, but we can't recommend holding onto Smith in standard leagues at this time.
Brendan Smith will return from press box | 10/19/2013 5:03 PM
NewsBrendan Smith will get back into Detroit's lineup Saturday because of Niklas Kronwall is out with a concussion.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHe has been a healthy scratch for the last four games. Smith will be paired with Kyle Quincey against Phoenix.
Brendan Smith scratched for 2nd straight game | 10/15/2013 11:34 AM
NewsBrendan Smith was a healthy scratch again Monday afternoon.
ImpactHe has been scratched for Detroit's last two games and the team has won them both, so it's unclear if he'll suit up Tuesday against Columbus. Forwards Tomas Tatar and Mikael Samuelsson have also been healthy scratches for the team's past two contests.
Brendan Smith surprised by healthy scratch | 10/13/2013 9:37 AM
NewsBrendan Smith was caught off guard by the Detroit Red Wings' decision to scratch him on Saturday.
Detroit Free Press
Impact"I'm just not in the plans today, I guess. They didn't say anything," Smith said on Saturday. He has no points and a minus-four rating in four games, but he doesn't think those goals against him were due to a breakdown on his part.
Brendan Smith agrees to two-year contract | 07/15/2013 3:56 PM
NewsBrendan Smith has agreed to a two-year/$2.525 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
ImpactSmith filed for arbitration as a restricted free agent, but this deal makes that hearing moot. He will earn $1.25 million next season and $1.275 million in 2014-15. He had eight assists and 36 penalty minutes in 34 games in 2013.
Brendan Smith decides to file for arbitration | 07/10/2013 6:35 PM
NewsBrendan Smith has decided to file for salary arbitration.
ImpactThe young blueliner who averaged 18:24 of ice time had eight assists and 36 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Red Wings. He made $875,000 last season under his entry-level deal.
Smith to receive qualifying offer from Wings | 06/25/2013 9:00 AM
NewsThe Detroit Red Wings will present a qualifying offer to Brendan Smith.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactSmith didn't contribute much offensively in his rookie season but learned enough to earn coach Mike Babcock's praise during the playoffs. The former first-round pick had eight assists in 34 regular-season games and two goals and five points in 14 postseason contests. Smith merits a look as a sixth defenseman in deeper pools next season and could be a sleeper with increased ice time and another season under his belt.
Brendan Smith has great Game 2 Saturday | 05/19/2013 6:56 AM
NewsBrendan Smith had a great bounce back game Saturday after struggling in Game 1 Wednesday.
ImpactSmith's second goal of the playoffs was the game winner and his overall play was crucial in the Red Wings win. "I thought Smitty was fantastic today," coach Mike Babcock said. "But he sure does seem to be in the middle of things, doesn't he?" The rookie defenseman is worth looking at in deeper pools next season as a sixth defenseman.
Brendan Smith struggles in Game 1 | 05/18/2013 7:07 AM
NewsBrendan Smith took a lot of criticism for his play in Game 1 Wednesday.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactCoach Mike Babcock did not think that Smith played poorly and spent Friday morning in the video room going over a tape with Smith that showed the defenseman all the good plays he made in Game 1. "I saw a young guy try to make a bunch of plays and no one there to accept the pass on the other end," Babcock said. Smith's speed allows him to be the first one to get the puck when it is dumped in and hopefully he will recover from the troubles he had in Game 1 and use the pep talk he got from Babcock to his advantage. Smith has a goal and an assist in eight playoffs games and despite his perceived poor performance Wednesday, he was plus-one in a 4-1 loss.
Brendan Smith has three points in four games | 04/12/2013 10:10 AM
NewsBrendan Smith recorded an assist in a 3-2 shootout defeat Thursday.
ImpactHe hasn't done much offensively this season, but he's heated up lately with three points in four games. He might be worth owning in standard leagues in a couple years.
B. Smith learns from being healthy scratch | 04/11/2013 11:00 AM
NewsBrendan Smith has learned from being a healthy scratch for the last two games.
ImpactSmith will return to the lineup on Thursday, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's decision to send him to the press box in the first place caught him off guard. Still, Smith is determined to get better. "There are always things I have to work on," said Smith, who will replace Ian White. "What I've been doing in practice is working hard and making a good first pass, not trying to get too complicated. Making the game simple and maybe playing the Nicklas Lidstrom way, see the first pass and make it."
Wings' Smith to return from press box Thurs. | 04/10/2013 2:41 PM
NewsBrendan Smith will get back into Detroit's lineup for Thursday's home game versus San Jose.
ImpactHe has been a healthy scratch for the past two games. "I just wanted the puck looked after better," coach Mike Babcock said. "I want him to be better. He's a better player than that, and I expect him to be better. He's had a few days to watch and think about it. He's an ultra-competitive guy who has huge upside. He has to take care of the puck better." Smith will replace Ian White.
Brendan Smith working hard on defensive game | 03/21/2013 4:00 PM
NewsBrendan Smith is trying to put his defensive efforts ahead of potential offensive gains.
Impact"I think the first-thing first is to show that I can play that style as a good defenseman with the defense first," he said. "I mean, everyone knows I have offensive ability, and the biggest question was can I play at this level defensively and against the top lines, and I've shown that. It's the biggest thing for me and that is what I have to take from this, and be happy about." Smith has one assist in 19 games this season and it came back on Jan. 25. Coach Mike Babcock has been pleased with the 24-year-old's play, but he doesn't have any fantasy value right now. Keep an eye on him in the future though.
Brendan Smith gets a scare in return | 02/28/2013 10:51 AM
NewsBrendan Smith was able to return to Wednesday's game after being the victim of a hard hit courtesy of the Kings' Dustin Penner on Wednesday.
Impact"I was just in front of the net and didn't even turn, and just got hit by Penner," said Smith. "I'm not sure why it happened, if it was intentional. I was hurting. You're not ready for it, and the puck isn't around, and he's big, too. It was a little bit of whiplash more than anything." Smith added that it wasn't too bad, given that he was able to finish the game.
Brendan Smith needs help off ice on Wednesday | 02/28/2013 2:08 AM
NewsIn just his first game since Feb. 2, Brendan Smith looked banged up after taking a hit late in the Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Ansar Khan on Twitter
ImpactIt looks like it could be a head injury after a hard check by Dustin Penner. It's too early to know how serious it might be, but it has to be frustrating for a guy who just recovered from a shoulder problem.
Detroit activates Brendan Smith | 02/27/2013 11:34 AM
NewsBrendan Smith (shoulder) has been activated off of the injured reserve list.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactIt looks like Smith will play in Wednesday's game. He's been out since Feb. 2 due to a sprained shoulder.
Brendan Smith close to returning to action | 02/21/2013 9:18 AM
NewsThe Detroit Free Press is reporting that Brendan Smith (shoulder) is close to returning to action.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactSmith was injured on February 2 and while he will not play on Thursday, he is getting closer to returning.
Brendan Smith not sure when he'll return | 02/19/2013 7:57 PM
NewsBrendan Smith (shoulder) hasn't practiced with a lot of contact yet and isn't sure he'll be able to return this weekend.
ImpactSmith was hurt on Feb. 2 and is one of two Wings defensemen currently dealing with shoulder injuries, along with Carlo Colaiacovo. "It's hard to speculate because I haven't done much contact. That's the biggest issue with anything, can you deal with contact? And I'm not sure I'm ready for that," Smith said Tuesday. The initial timetable of Smith's return was three to four weeks, meaning he is quickly approaching the end of that projection.
Brendan Smith skated for a little Weds. | 02/13/2013 5:51 PM
NewsBrendan Smith (shoulder) did some skating Wednesday.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHe isn't projected to be back in the lineup this month after getting hurt on Feb. 2 against Columbus. The initial timetable for his return was set at three-to-four weeks.
Brendan Smith might miss up to 4 weeks | 02/04/2013 3:20 PM
NewsBrendan Smith is now expected to be out for three-to-four weeks due to a sprained shoulder.
Helene St. James on Twitter
ImpactSmith was initially projected to be out for about two weeks after suffering the injury on Saturday. Although he has plenty of upside, Smith hasn't done much from a fantasy perspective yet this season. He only has one point in eight games.
Brendan Smith out a couple of weeks | 02/04/2013 10:07 AM
NewsBrendan Smith will be out of action for about two weeks after injuring his shoulder against Columbus Saturday.
ImpactSmith will be seen by team doctors on Monday to further evaluate the shoulder injury. "That's a loss," coach Mike Babcock said of Smith's injury. "He's a competitive kid, he moves the puck and he competes awfully hard. We're already on fumes a little bit, and to lose him, we don't know for how long obviously, but it's a blow for us." Look for Ian White to return to the lineup and Brian Lashoff is also available to replace Smith.
Brendan Smith to miss minimum of 10-14 days | 02/03/2013 10:32 AM
NewsBrendan Smith suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jackets.
ImpactSmith was hit midway through the first period and left the game without returning. The Wings are already dealing with injuries to Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian White so this creates a potentially-serious issue in the short-term. Here's hoping Smith makes a speedy recovery.
Brendan Smith leaves with shoulder inury | 02/03/2013 12:28 AM
NewsBrendan Smith left Friday's game with a shoulder injury.
ImpactSmith, who totaled 2:37 in ice time, was injured on a hit by the Blue Jackets' Derek McKenzie. The Red Wings are already without six players, two of which are defensemen in Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo. "We're already on fumes, and then we lose him," coach Mike Babcock said. "We don't know how long he'll be out."
Smith's NHL career is getting under way | 01/10/2013 5:48 PM
NewsBrendan Smith's days with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins might be over.
ImpactWith the lockout ending, Smith has been told to find a long-term place to live in the Detroit area. Smith is expected to spend the entire season with Detroit after recording seven points in 14 games with them in 2011-12. He's worth keeping an eye on, although he might still be a couple seasons away from having any noteworthy fantasy value.
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|Plus/Minus||3||at CBJ||Mar 17||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||at Cgy||Oct 23||0|
|Power Play Points||1||at Cgy||Oct 23||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||63 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Mar 26||0|
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