Josi wins silver and MVP honors, Smith takes home bronze…

Craig Smith and Roman Josi

As horrible as the 2013 campaign was for the Nashville Predators, since their season ended, things haven’t really been all that bad. On April 29, the Preds retained the fourth pick of the NHL Draft by way of the Colorado Avalanche winning the Draft Lottery, they locked up Patric Hornqvist for five more years and now they have a bronze medalist, a silver medalist and a tournament MVP on their roster.

Craig Smith and Team USA took third at the 2013 World Championships beating Finland 3-2 on Sunday morning. The Predators forward finished the tournament with 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 10 games and was second on the team in scoring and third overall in the tournament.

Roman Josi, coming off of his first season as Shea Weber‘s defensive partner, tallied nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 10 games, led Switzerland in scoring, was the top scoring defenseman, won the silver medal and was named the tournament’s MVP. No Swiss player had ever won an award in the World Championship’s 83-year history.

Switzerland hadn’t won a medal since winning bronze in 1953.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Fuqua (used with permission)

2 Comments

  1. Christopher-J

    May 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Hopefully, success at the WC will give Craig Smith a boost of confidence going into next season. He’s a player who, when feeling confident plays great hockey; a great skater and puckhandler. But he disappears when struggling, and not just offensively. He won’t put any real effort into other aspects of the game either – forechecking, backchecking, defensive play, etc. If he can’t ever get over that one-sided aspect of his game, I don’t see him lasting much longer in Nashville.

    As for Roman Josi, he needs to be signed long-term right away. Of course, he’ll have the advantage in bargaining after his success at the WC. (BTW, he wasn’t just the top-scoring defenseman at the WC, but officially named “Best Defenseman” of the tournament.) Anyhoo…

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