Monday, January 5, 2009

Craig Smith praise from the USHL blog

The Unofficial USHL blog had lots of high praise for 2009 Wisconsin forward recruit Craig Smith. Ryan who runs the blog is doing team-recaps through the first half of the season. Here is what they had to say about the Waterloo Badgers, err... I mean Black Hawks forwards and more specifically, Craig Smith:

"The offense has been led by team captain Craig Smith and Jordan Samuels-Thomas. Smith, in his third year, has developed into one of the league's best. He's one of those kids you just can't help but root for. Came in his rookie season and had a decent point output, but he just kept working hard. He is one of the hardest workers on the ice I've seen over the last few years, and this year it is paying off big time. "

A lot of people wrote off Smith because of low point totals when he entered the league. To be fair, he entered the league as a Junior in high school and one of the youngest players in the league. Traditionally, he would be in his first year in the USHL this season if he would have finished high school like a player such as Jefferson Dahl. Smith will be a good player for Wisconsin next season and I can't wait for him to return to Madison where hes from and put some points on the board for the cardinal and white.