The Minnesota Wild has recalled center Nathan Smith from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Smith, 27 (2/9/82), has played in seven games this season for Minnesota, registering 10 penalty minutes and averaging 8:24 in ice time. Smith ranks sixth on the Aeros’ roster in scoring with nine points (3-6=9) to go along with 43 PIM in 21 games. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta, was Vancouver’s first-round selection (No. 23 overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Smith was signed by the Wild as a free agent July 22. Smith wears No. 27 with Minnesota.