Wisconsin Defenseman Smith Signs With Red Wings

Brendan Smith and the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday made official what has been known for some weeks: the Wisconsin defenseman is leaving school a year early to play in the pros.

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Smith signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Red Wings almost three years after being selected by the Red Wings in the first round of the NHL entry draft.

A top-10 Hobey Baker Award finalist last season, Smith led the nation’s defensemen with 15 goals and 52 points.

In 95 career games, he had 87 points.