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Griffins' Smith named to AHL rookie team

Wednesday, 03.30.2011 / 2:27 PM ET / Press Release
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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Griffins\' Smith named to AHL rookie team
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Griffins defenseman Brendan Smith on Wednesday was named to the 2010-11 American Hockey League All-Rookie Team.

Smith, 22, ranks among the AHL’s top defensemen with 12 goals (1st among rookies, T6th overall) and 32 points (T4th rookies, T25th overall) through 57 games. Despite having missed 17 games due to injuries, he stands among the Griffins’ leaders in goals (1st defensemen, 7th overall), assists (20 – 2nd defensemen, 9th overall), points (2nd defensemen, 10th overall), plus/minus (plus-7 – 3rd defensemen, 5th overall), penalty minutes (113 – 2nd defensemen, 3rd overall), power play goals (five – 1st defensemen, T4th overall) and game-winning goals (four – 1st defensemen, T1st overall).

In Grand Rapids history, only two rookie defensemen have registered more points than Smith’s 32, and both are currently playing in the NHL: Florida’s Clay Wilson (37 in 2005-06) and Colorado’s Kyle Quincey (33 in 2005-06). Overall, Smith’s point total ties for the 12th-highest ever by a Griffins rookie.

The Mimico, Ontario, native becomes the third Griffin to be named to an AHL All-Rookie Team, joining current Detroit Red Wings Justin Abdelkader (2008-09) and Jimmy Howard (2005-06). This marks the second significant AHL honor for Smith this season, who became the first rookie defenseman in Griffins history to be chosen for an all-star game. However, he was forced to miss the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic due to injury.

One of the most highly touted rookies to ever play for the Griffins, Smith was named a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award last season as a junior at Wisconsin, when he led all NCAA defensemen in scoring with 52 points (15-37—52) in 42 games. Drafted 27th overall by the Red Wings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, he helped the Badgers reach the championship game of the 2010 Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit.

Smith becomes a top candidate for the AHL’s Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award (outstanding rookie), the winner of which will be announced on April 7.

The other members of the AHL All-Rookie Team, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities, are forwards Luke Adam (Portland), Zac Dalpe (Charlotte) and Rhett Rakhshani (Bridgeport); defenseman Erik Gustafsson (Adirondack); and goaltender Eddie Lack (Manitoba). Smith and Lack are the only representatives from the Western Conference.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80