Wisconsin junior All-American defenseman Brendan Smith of Mimico, Ontario, has signed an NHL contract with Detroit. He led Division I defenseman in scoring in 2009-10 with with 15 goals, 37 assists for 52 points in 42 games as the Badgers finished second to Boston College in the NCAA tournament. He was the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and among among 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Smith, 21, was Detroit’s first-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Wisconsin junior defenseman Cody Goloubef signed with Columbus in April.
On Friday, Smith was charged with disorderly conduct for a fight outside a downtown Madison house party earlier this month.
ALSO, Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey is reporting, after getting some inside information from this weekend’s NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto, that Minnesota State-Mankato freshman forward Tyler Pitlick of Centerville, Minn., is not returning to the Mavericks. The link is here.
Dilks: I just heard from someone involved in the interview process that interviewed Tyler Pitlick today, and he confirmed that Pitlick will be playing for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League next season, rather than returning to Minnesota State Mankato for his sophomore season. It’s a pretty crushing loss for Minnesota State, although not necessarily one that was unexpected.