For Craig Smith
, his 'Welcome to the NHL moment' wasn't scoring his first NHL goal in Nashville's season-opening victory on Oct. 7.
No, for Smith, it was far more behind the scenes, a moment perhaps caught by just a few of his teammates and only the most observant fans.
"It was when we played the Anaheim Ducks
later that month," Smith told NHL.com. "Who is that No. 15? Oh, yeah, Ryan Getzlaf
. He was yelling at me and I thought to myself, 'Wow, this is pretty cool.' I agitated Ryan Getzlaf
to the point that he's looking and yelling at me. I must have really done something. That was a pretty cool moment."
Fact is, Smith is much more than an agitator. He's currently among the top five forwards on the team in scoring (26 points) and is a proven sniper on the power play (five power-play goals). He also doesn't shy away from shooting the puck, blasting off 116 shots, the third-highest total on the team.
He'll also be joining teammates Shea Weber
and Ryan Suter
during All-Star Weekend in Ottawa later this month. Smith was one of 12 first-year players named to the skills competition to be held Jan. 28 at Scotiabank Place.