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Detroit recalls Smith, assigns Ehn

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by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled right wing Givani Smith from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned center Christoffer Ehn to the Griffins.

Smith, 21, has appeared in five games with the Red Wings this season, registering five shots on goal, nine hits and five penalty minutes in 8:58 average ice time per game. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward has also recorded seven points (3-4-7) and a team-high 27 penalty minutes in 10 games for the Griffins this season. Smith posted 13 points (6-7-13), a plus-two rating and 86 penalty minutes in 64 games for Grand Rapids during the 2018-19 campaign - his rookie pro season. After making his professional debut with a three-game stint with the Griffins in 2016-17, Smith tallied his first AHL point on Nov. 4, 2018 at Cleveland before scoring his first pro goal on Dec. 7, 2018 at Rockford. Smith also posted a late-season three-game point streak from March 23-26, 2019 and chipped in two assists and nine penalty minutes in four postseason games.

The Toronto, Ontario, native was selected by Detroit in the second round (46th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League prior to turning professional. In 236 games with the Barrie Colts, Guelph Storm and Kitchener Rangers from 2014-18, Smith tallied 135 points (73-62-135) and 411 penalty minutes, leading the league in penalty minutes in consecutive seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17. In his final OHL campaign split between Guelph and Kitchener in 2017-18, Smith picked up 30 points (17-13-30) in 46 regular-season games before racking up 18 points (11-7-18) in 18 playoff games with Kitchener.
Ehn, 23, made the Red Wings out of training camp in 2018-19 and has appeared in 74 games with Detroit over the past two seasons, totaling nine points (3-6-9) and eight penalty minutes. Ehn also skated in 17 regular-season games with the Griffins last season, notching seven points (2-5-7), a plus-four rating and eight penalty minutes, while adding two assists and two penalty minutes in five AHL postseason games. The Skara, Sweden, native spent the previous three seasons (2015-18) playing professionally for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League, producing a career-high 17 points (7-10-17) and 24 penalty minutes in 50 games in 2017-18. 

In 147 total SHL games with Frolunda, Ehn registered 32 points (11-21-32) and 38 penalty minutes, adding one goal and two assists in 46 career postseason games. He helped the club win an SHL championship in 2015-16 as well as back-to-back championships in the Champions League tournament in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Ehn twice represented Sweden at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2015 and 2016, totaling four points (1-3-4) in 14 games between the two tournaments. Previous to his draft year, Ehn played in Frolunda's junior ranks, where he was named the league's best forward in 2014-15 after totaling 36 points (12-24-36) in 40 games as Frolunda's captain at the under-20 level.

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