Badgers In The NHL Update

Former Badger Craig Smith is off to a fast start

Craig Smith Leads NHL Rookies In Scoring

Craig Smith had a tough decision over the summer. While he had planned to come back to the University of Wisconsin for his junior season, the opportunity to immediately step into an NHL lineup with the Nashville Predators was too much to pass up.

Certainly seems like he's made the correct decision so far. The Madison native leads all NHL rookies in scoring through 17 games with 7 goals and 7 assists. The 21 year old has played both wing and center, most recently having an opportunity to center the top line while David Legwand is out with an injury.

Brendan Smith To Make NHL Debut?

Brendan Smith has recently finished serving his suspension for a hit on Chicago's Ben Smith from the preseason. With Ian White's injury, Smith has been called up by the Redwings and will be with the team for the rest of their current road trip. There is a strong chance that Smith could make his NHL debut on Thursday when Detroit travels to San Jose.

Pavelski Takes Game To The Next Level

Joe Pavelski has had an outstanding NHL career to this point, and has greatly the exceeded expectations of being a 7th round draft pick. However he's always been overshadowed in San Jose on teams that have been loaded offensively. While he had been given time on on the power play, he was primarily used as a third line center.

With the off-season trades between San Jose and the Minnesota Wild that saw former Badger Dany Heatley end up in St. Paul, Pavelski has been given an opportunity to play on a line with future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton. To this point, the Polish Prince has yet to disappoint. The former Badger leads the Sharks in goals with 9 and points with 17.

Elliott Up To His Old Tricks

Former Badger net-minder Brian Elliott has had an up and down professional career since graduating from Wisconsin in 2007. Elliott was up and down his first few years between the NHL's Ottawa Senators and their top farm club. Last season the Senators traded Elliott to the Colorado Avalanche, but he struggled through 12 games in Denver.

Elliott signed a free agent contract this past off-season with the St. Louis Blues, and beat out Ben Bishop for the right to back up Jaroslav Halak. However, apparently Elliott has set his sights on taking over in the crease for the Blues full time. Through 9 games, Elliott leads the league in GAA and is second in Save % among qualified goalies. He's also played significantly better than Halak.

 

Badgers in the NHL
Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Rene Bourque
Calgary Flames
17
5
0
5
Adam Burish
Dallas Stars
16
3
5
8
Jake Dowell
Dallas Stars
13
0
0
0
Davis Drewiske
Los Angeles Kings
1
0
0
0
Jake Gardiner
Toronto Maple Leafs
16
0
5
5
Blake Geoffrion
Nashville Predators
17
0
2
2
Tom Gilbert
Edmonton Oilers
17
2
4
6
Dany Heatley
Minnesota Wild
18
5
6
11
Jamie McBain
Carolina Hurricanes
14
0
5
5
Ryan McDonagh
New York Rangers
16
3
5
8
Joe Pavelski
San Jose Sharks
15
9
8
17
Jack Skille
Florida Panthers
16
1
3
4
Craig Smith
Nashville Predators
17
7
7
14
Derek Stepan
New York Rangers
16
3
7
10
Ryan Suter
Nashville Predators
17
3
6
9
Brad Winchester
San Jose Sharks
15
0
1
1
Badgers in the NHL (Goalie)
Player
Team
Games
GAA
Save %
SO
Brian Elliott
St. Louis Blues
9
1.43
.947
2
Badger NHL Holdouts
Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Kyle Turris
Phoenix Coyotes
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Badgers in the AHL
Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Andy Bohmbach**
Adirondack
2
0
0
0
Michael Davies
Chicago
7
0
1
1
Josh Engel
Toronto
8
0
1
1
Brian Fahey
Rockford
13
0
1
1
Matt Ford
Hershey
11
3
3
6
Cody Goloubef
Springfield
13
0
6
6
Andrew Joudrey
Springfield
9
0
1
1
John Mitchell
Syracuse
6
1
1
2
Joe Piskula
Abbotsford
12
1
3
4
Steven Reinprecht
Chicago
5
0
0
0
Brendan Smith
Grand Rapids
11
0
5
5
Ben Street
Wilkes-Barre Scranton
12
2
8
10
Badgers in the ECHL
Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Andy Bohmbach
Trenton
8
6
4
10
Andy Brandt
Gwinnett
14
2
6
8
Sean Dolan
South Carolina
14
4
5
9
Patrick Johnson
Wheeling
11
3
7
10
Podge Turnbull
Utah
4
1
2
3
Badgers in Europe
Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Dan Bjornlie
Vienna
18
2
11
13
Robbie Earl
Salzburg EC
17
10
10
20
Mark Heatley
Bietigheim-Bissingen SC
12
2
5
7
Kyle Klubertanz
Djurgardens IF Stockholm
20
2
7
9
Alex Leavitt
HPK Hameenlinna
21
2
10
12
Jeff Likens
Ingolstadt ERC
18
2
7
9
Ryan MacMurchy
Stavanger Oilers
0
0
0
0
Jordy Murray
Rapperswil Lakers
0
0
0
0
Niki Siren
Rapperswil-Jona
0
0
0
0
Andy Wozniewski
Zug
0
0
0
0
Badgers in Europe (Goalie)
Player
Team
Games
GAA
Save %
SO
Bernd Bruckler
Novosibirsk Siber
14
2.37
.898
2

 

**=No longer on roster

 

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