Red Wings recall Smith from Grand Rapids, place Abdelkader on IR

 

By @StefanKubus – 

If there was ever an indication that Givani Smith was on the cusp of finding a niche with Detroit, it’s a second call-up from Grand Rapids this early in the season.

On Monday, the Red Wings recalled the 21-year-old forward for the second time this season. In a corresponding move, Detroit placed Justin Abdelkader on injured reserve as he will be out a minimum of three weeks per head coach Jeff Blashill.

Smith has posted seven points in ten games this season with Grand Rapids, but zero in his three-game stint with Detroit. With Justin Abdelkader reportedly not practicing Monday, it’s assumed that Smith may fill in for him on the fourth line with the Wings set to make a three-game California road trip beginning tomorrow in Anaheim.

Last year, his first full season in Grand Rapids, the physical 6-foot-2 forward registered 13 points, a plus-2 rating and 86 penalty minutes.

A native of Toronto, he spent four seasons in the OHL, posting a total of 135 points and 411 penalty minutes in time with the Barrie Colts, Guelph Storm and Kitchener Rangers.

MiHockey Staff

Welcome to MiHockey, your source for all things hockey in Michigan.