Former Steinbach Pistons forward Inks new contract in nashville
28-year-old Cole Smith has signed a two-year contract extension with the Nashville Predators.
Coming in at $1 million per year, the second-year Predators forward has been with the club for four years, operating on a one-year, $775K deal.
With five goals, 16 points and 118 hits in 46 games this season, general manager and Dauphin product Barry Trotz has opted to reward his young forward with some insurance.
The Brainerd, Minnesota product has skated in 124 career games all with Nashville, to which he has nine goals and 33 points. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound forward joined the Predators as a college free agent in 2020, following his four-year career with the nearby University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux/Hawks, and would have been an unrestricted free agent, able to sign anywhere this summer.
Prior to his career with UND, Smith suited up for two years in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He played for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 iterations of the Steinbach Pistons, to which he amassed 38 goals and 84 points in 92 regular season games, before adding another 13 goals and 26 points in 27 postseason contests.
Hi NCAA career carried more of the same, but it was there that he added a bit more of a physical presence to his game, clearly drawing the attention of the Predators. Smith had 177 penalty minutes with North Dakota while maintaining a positive plus/minus statistic over his time with the program.
Smith has just over $1 million in career earnings, which is set to more than double thanks to this earned extension.