Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith was born on February 8, 1989 in Toronto, Ontario. A product of both the GTHL and OPJHL, Smith was selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. He would go on to attend the University of Wisconsin for three years and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2010.

Smith made his professional debut in the American Hockey League for the Red Wings' affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, during the 2010-11 season. In 63 games for the club the defenceman would record 32 points.

Smith would get his first taste of NHL action during the 2011-12 season. In 14 games for the Red Wings he would record a goal and add six assists.

With the NHL locked out to start the 2012-13 season, Smith would once again join the Grand Rapids Griffins. In 32 games for the club he would impress and record 20 points. When NHL play resumed Smith would join the Red Wings. He would go on to appear in 34 games for the club and also suit up for all 14 of the Red Wings' playoff games.

On July 16, 2013, the Red Wings and Smith came to terms on a two year contract worth $2.525 million. On February 28, 2017, Smith's time in the Red Wings organization would come to an end. He was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a pair of draft picks.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2004-05 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 66 22 63 85 120
2005-06 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.A 39 5 21 26 55 17 1 5 6 44
2006-07 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.A 39 12 24 36 90 16 6 14 20 30
2007-08 University of Wisconsin WCHA 22 2 10 12 26
2008-09 University of Wisconsin WCHA 31 9 14 23 75
2009-10 University of Wisconsin WCHA 42 15 37 52 76
2010-11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 63 12 20 32 124 +7
2011-12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 1 6 7 13 +3
2011-12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 57 10 24 34 90 +2
2012-13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 32 5 15 20 49 +9
2012-13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 0 8 8 36 +1 14 2 3 5 10
2013-14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 71 5 14 19 68 -2 5 0 0 0 8
2014-15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 4 9 13 68 -2 5 0 0 0 6
2015-16 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 3 12 15 62 +1 3 0 1 1 0
2016-17 Detroit Red Wings NHL 33 2 3 5 34 -1
2016-17 New York Rangers NHL 18 1 3 4 29 +2 12 0 4 4 20
NHL Totals 309 16 55 71 310 39 2 8 10 44


WCHA First All-Star Team (2010) NCAA West First All-American Team (2010) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2010) AHL All-Rookie Team (2011) Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit for NY Rangers' 3rd round pick (Zach Gallant) in 2017 NHL Draft and NY Rangers' 2nd round pick in 2018 NHL Draft, February 28, 2017.
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