Predators see another draft pick enter somewhat exclusive 20/20 club

With a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory at Buffalo, Craig Smith reached an offensive milestone that rates as pedestrian elsewhere but actually borders on rare for the Nashville Predators.

Smith, a fourth-round selection in 2009, became the eighth draft pick in franchise history to have at least 20 goals and 20 assists in a season for Nashville. He had the secondary assist on Shea Weber’s goal that put the Predators ahead to stay and then made 3-1 with his goal at 7:51 of the second period.



It was his 10th multi-point game of the season and it put him in a group that includes David Legwand and Martin Erat, the franchise’s top two all-time scorers. Erat was the only one to accomplish the feat three times. Legwand and Patric Hornqvist are the only others to do it more than once.

The rundown:

2001-02
• Denis Arkhipov (third round, 1998) – 20 goals, 22 assists

2005-06
• Martin Erat (seventh round, 1999) – 20 goals, 29 assists
• Scott Hartnell (first round, 2000) – 25 goals, 23 assists

2006-07
• David Legwand (first round, 1998) – 27 goals, 36 assists

2007-08
• Alexander Radulov (first round 2004) – 26 goals, 32 assists
• Erat – 23 goals, 34 assists

2008-09
• Shea Weber (second round, 2003) – 23 goals, 30 assists
• Legwand  – 20 goals, 22 assists

2009-10
• Patric Hornqvist (seventh round, 2005) – 30 goals, 21 assists
• Erat – 21 goals, 28 assists

2010-11
• Hornqvist – 21 goals, 27 assists

2013-14
• Craig Smith (fourth round, 2009) – 20 goals, 20 assists

Smith also had a goal Monday at Ottawa, which gave him goals in consecutive games for the first time this season. With 40 points, he tied Legwand, who was traded last week to Detroit, for the most by a Predators forward this season.

Nashville’s current three-game road trip ends Friday at Chicago (7 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee). The next home game is Saturday against St. Louis.