Smith Signs With Red Wings
CHN Staff Report
MADISON, Wis. It was probably inevitable, but Hobey Baker Award finalist Brendan Smith finally joined numerous other WCHA defectees this off-season, signing a three-year entry-level NHL deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
Smith, who completed his junior season with Wisconsin in the NCAA championship game loss to Boston College, was a first-round pick of the Wings (27th overall) in 2007.
A Mimico, Ontario native, Smith led the nation’s defensemen with 15 goals and 52 points this past season. A First-Team All-American, Smith finishes his career with 87 points in 95 games played as a Badger. He was also named the 2010 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, a 2010 First-Team All-WCHA pick and a member of the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team after tying the NCAA record for NCAA single-game assists with five in the semifinals against RIT.
Smith joins fellow Badger defenseman Cody Goloubef in leaving school early.