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Red Wings recall Givani Smith from taxi squad

Former second-round pick has suited up in 21 games for Detroit

by @DetroitRedWings

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today recalled right wing Givani Smith from the team's taxi squad.

Smith, 22, appeared in 21 games with the Red Wings last season, recording three points (2-1-3), nine penalty minutes, 22 shots on goal and 42 hits in 9:41 average time on ice. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound winger also skated in 37 games for the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins last season in his second full professional campaign, posting 19 points (9-10-19) to surpass his rookie total of 13 points (6-7-13) in 64 games during the 2018-19 season. Smith also led the Griffins with 75 penalty minutes last season. In 104 career AHL games since 2016-17, Smith has notched 32 points (15-17-32), 163 penalty minutes and 124 shots on goal.

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

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