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Smith among Red Wings sent to AHL

Friday, 09.14.2012 / 4:55 PM / News

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Smith among Red Wings sent to AHL
Top defense prospect Brendan Smith was one of 22 players the Detroit Red Wings assigned to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, on Friday.
Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith
Defense - DET
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 7
SOG: 13 | +/-: 3

Top defense prospect Brendan Smith was one of 22 players the Detroit Red Wings assigned to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, on Friday.

Smith, 23, had seven points in 14 games last season. He also had 34 points in 57 AHL games.

Also sent to the AHL were forwards Joakim Andersson, Louis-Marc Aubry, Damien Brunner, Mitch Callahan, Willie Coetzee, Landon Ferraro, Tomas Jurco, Gustav Nyquist, Francis Paré, Trevor Parkes, Brent Raedeke, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar; defensemen Adam Almqvist, Gleason Fournier, Brian Lashoff, Andrej Nestrasil and Max Nicastro; and goalies Thomas McCollum, Petr Mrazek and Jordan Pearce.

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