Nashville, Tenn. - Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed center Jerred Smithson (JEHR-rehd SMIHTH-suhn) to a one-year contract.
Smithson, 27 (2/4/79), posted NHL career-highs in games played (66), goals (5), assists (9) and points (14) with Nashville this past season after having previously notched three assists in 30 career NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings. The 6-3, 194-pound Vernon, B.C. native tied for third on the Predators with a +9 rating and contributed to the club's league-best face-off winning percentage by winning 54.3% of his draws.
After opening the 2005-06 season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, Smithson was recalled by Nashville on November 7, 2005 and remained with the Predators through the remainder of the 2005-06 regular season and playoffs. His first NHL goal was the game-winner on December 1 vs. Minnesota and the defensive pivot netted a three-assist game on January 21 vs. Columbus.
Signed as a free agent by Nashville on July 22, 2004, Smithson has posted five goals and 12 assists (5g-12a) in 96 career NHL games.