Red Wings Assign Smith to Griffins
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Detroit Red Wings on Friday assigned forward Givani Smith to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Smith, 21, has skated in five games with the Red Wings this season during his NHL debut and recorded five penalty minutes while averaging 8:58 of ice time. He became the 180th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL when he made his debut on Oct. 25 vs. Buffalo at Little Caesars Arena.
In 10 appearances with the Griffins this season, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound winger has totaled seven points (3-4-7) and a team-high 27 PIM.
A second-round selection, 46th overall, by the Red Wings in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Smith made his pro debut with the Griffins during a three-game stint near the end of the 2016-17 season. During his rookie year in 2018-19, he recorded 13 points (6-7-13) and ranked eighth among first-year AHL skaters with 86 PIM in 64 regular season games for Grand Rapids before posting two assists and nine PIM in four Calder Cup Playoff contests. He has skated in 77 career AHL games, totaling 20 points (9-11-20) and 115 PIM.
Prior to turning pro, the Toronto, Ontario, native played four seasons (2014-18) in the Ontario Hockey League. In 236 games between Barrie, Guelph and Kitchener, he accumulated 135 points (73-62-135) and 411 PIM and twice led the league in PIM (2016-17 and 2015-16).
The Griffins (7-6-1-1) host the Rockford IceHogs tonight at 7 p.m.
Single-game tickets are currently on sale. Fans can secure their full-season, select-season or group ticket packages by calling (616) 774-4585 ext. 2 or visit griffinshockey.com for more information.
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