Wisconsin’s top-scoring forward from last season has turned pro.
Craig Smith signed a three-year contract with the Nashville Predators, giving up his final two years of college eligibility. Smith previously had said he would return to the Badgers.
The Madison native tallied 19 goals and 43 points last season.
Early signings in the WCHA (10)
North Dakota (2)
Brett Hextall, jr, f, Phoenix Coyotes
Jason Gregoire, jr, f, Winnipeg Jets
Matt Donovan, so, d, New York Islanders
Aaron Ness, jr, d, New York Islanders
Mike Connolly, jr, f, San Jose Sharks
Justin Faulk, fr, d, Carolina Hurricanes
St. Cloud State (1)
Oliver Lauridsen, jr, d, Philadelphia Flyers
Jake Gardiner, jr, d, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jordy Murray, jr, f, Switzerland
Craig Smith, so, f, Nashville Predators