Givani Smith

by jameson on August 25, 2017


Givani Smith, RW/ LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 205

Born: 1998-02-27

Hometown: Toronto, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2nd Round, 46th overall in 2016 by Detroit Red Wings



August 2017 – Last season can definitely be considered a disappointment for Smith as he struggled to show much individual progression as a prospect. His play partially stems from playing on a team that finished second last in the OHL. He did, however, lead his squad with six player-of-the-week honors and was third in team scoring. Smith finished with 26 goals, 44 points and 139 penalty minutes in 64 games, similar to his 2015-2016 season when he had 23 goals, 42 points and 146 penalty minutes in 65 games. At times, he takes undisciplined penalties but nonetheless he is a big and strong hard-working forward who plays physically and is good at cycling the puck along the boards. Smith was invited to Canada's world junior camp this summer and played in the World Junior Championship Summer Showcase but is far from a lock to make the team. He will return to Guelph this season and then will need a couple of seasons of polishing in the AHL before hopefully challenging for a NHL roster spot. Jameson Ewasiuk 


A true power forward in every sense of the word, Smith has continuously impressed on a pitiful Guelph Storm squad throughout his OHL career. A large, powerful winger who has really honed his skills as a physical force since being selected by the Red Wings in last year’s NHL draft. Much bigger and equally tenacious as his brother Gemel, a member of the Dallas Stars organization, the younger Smith brings a similarly focused and hard-working effort to his game. Though his offensive totals aren’t as eye-opening as others drafted around him, Smith could be one of the biggest assets for Detroit in the future, as they continue to stack up prospects that provide both size and physicality to their lineup. Starting in training camp, Smith wasn’t as impactful as most would have hoped for a second-round pick, but was still a force on the ice in Traverse City, especially after being told by management to focus on his physical game. Throughout the 2016-17 OHL season, he’s amassed 15 goals in 28 games, good enough to tie the team lead on a squad desperate for offense. He has 75 penalty minutes and 118 shots on goal, which indicate at least at this level his balance of aggressive play and ability to generate chances. The main reason for his offensive success this season lies in his immense puck protection skills, using his big frame to guard against pressure on the rush, as well as in the dirty areas in corners and along the boards. While he’s not at a severe disadvantage compared to other prospects, he lacks elite-level skating and hands which could make him a truly dominant force in the OHL.

While he still has a long road of development ahead, he should be able to earn a job playing professional hockey in the near future. His combination of aggressive, tenacious play and his high compete level have taken him thus far and will the key to success and him finding a role with the Red Wings. Joseph Highgate



Fantasy Outlook: C

Still a couple of years away from challenging for an NHL roster spot, Smith has the potential to be a bottom-six role player who could be valuable in categories such as PIMs, hits and blocks.




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