Nashville Signs Smithson

NASHVILLE – The Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed center Jerred Smithson, who began his professional career in the ECHL, to a two-year contract.

As a rookie in 2000-01, Smithson had an assist and four penalty minutes in three games with Trenton before being called up to Lowell of the American Hockey League where he had two points (1g-1a) and 10 penalty minutes in 24 regular season games and two penalty minutes in two playoff games.

The 28-year-old scored a career-high five goals and 12 points in 64 regular season games and had 17 penalty minutes in five games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2006-07.

Originally signed by Los Angeles as a free agent on Feb. 18, 2000, Smithson signed with Nashville on July 22, 2004 and has 29 points (10g-19a) and 121 penalty minutes in 160 regular season NHL games including 26 points (10g-16a) in 130 games the last two seasons with the Predators.