Red Wings Forward Sent Down to AHL

With Michael Rasmussen set to return from his suspension, the Detroit Red Wings have sent down Givani Smith to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Smith was called up in response to Rasmussen's suspension, and, unfortunately, he is heading right back to the AHL. During his two-game call-up, the 6-foot-2 forward did not make much of an impact, as he did not get on the scoresheet and sported a minus-3 rating. That was not enough for the 24-year-old to make a case for himself to remain on the NHL roster, so he will be heading back to the Griffins.

Although Smith was quiet during his call-up, we should not rule out the possibility of him getting another chance with Detroit before the season is over. Keep in mind, he played in 46 games for them last season, where he had four goals, three assists, and 108 penalty minutes. If the Red Wings want a bit more grit in their lineup at some point this year, Smith will be their best call-up option.

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