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Detroit assigns Givani Smith to Grand Rapids

2016 Second-round pick made NHL debut on Oct. 25 vs. Buffalo

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today removed right wing Givani Smith from injured reserve and assigned him to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids 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.

Givani Smith, Right Wing

Born Feb 27 1998 -- Toronto, ONT

Height 6.02 -- Weight 210 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 2 #46 overall 2016 NHL Entry Draft

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