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2018-19 in Review: Givani Smith

In his rookie campaign, left wing Givani Smith tallied 13 points (6-7—13), a plus-two rating and 86 PIM in 64 appearances with the Griffins.

Regular season stat line

64 GP, 6 goals, 7 assists, 13 points, +2 rating, 86 PIM

Postseason stat line

4 GP, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, +1 rating, 9 PIM

Contract status

By the numbers

1 – Skating in his rookie season, there were plenty of pro firsts for Smith. He registered his first point (assist) on Nov. 4 at Cleveland, fight on Nov. 28 vs. Chicago and goal on Dec. 7 at Rockford.

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Photo by Mark Newman/Griffins

+2 – Among the six rookies to suit up for the Griffins in more than eight games this season, Smith was the only one to finish with a positive rating.

3 – Smith recorded a season-high three-game point streak (1-2—3) from March 23-26.

4 – In his first taste of postseason action, Smith appeared in four Calder Cup Playoff games. He was suspended by the AHL for Game 4 of the Central Division Semifinals. Smith picked up an assist in his debut during Game 1 at Chicago.

5 – Smith scored five of his 13 points in the month of March.

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Photo by Sam Iannamico/Griffins

6 – All six of Smith’s goals came against Central Division opponents (two vs. Iowa and one each vs. Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee and Texas). Grand Rapids was 3-1-2-0 when Smith scored a goal.

86 – His 86 PIM placed second on the team (Dylan McIlrath, 98) and ranked eighth among AHL rookies. Smith received a season-high 17 PIM during a 4-0 home win against Milwaukee on March 9.


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