|Assets:||Skates extremely well and is adept at rushing up ice with the puck. Has offensive upside, an aggressive nature and a projectable frame. Has the puck skills and hockey sense required to help out on the scoresheet.|
|Flaws:||Will need to continue bulking up in order to handle bigger National Hockey League forwards. Has a mean streak, but must also learn to pick his spots in the hitting department.|
|Career Potential:||Talented all-round defenseman with good upside.|
|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|
|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||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|9/30/2011||Suspended by the NHL for the remainder of the pre-season and five regular season games.|
|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.|
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.
|4/12/2013||Det||Chi||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|4/07/2013||Det||StL||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|4/05/2013||Det||Col||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Goals||0||34 times-last:at Dal||last:Apr 27||1|
|Assists||1||8 times-last:vs. LA||last:Apr 24||2|
|Points||1||8 times-last:vs. LA||last:Apr 24||2|
|Penalty Minutes||7||at Ana||Mar 22||5|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. Min||Jan 25||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||34 times-last:at Dal||last:Apr 27||0|
|Power Play Points||1||2 times-last:at Phx||last:Apr 4||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||34 times-last:at Dal||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||34 times-last:at Dal||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shots||4||at Chi||Jan 27||3|
|Penalty Minutes||13||2011-12 (Det)|
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