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Smith Givani

54 Givani Smith

LW | Shoots: L | 6-2 | 210 | DOB: 2/27/98 | Age: 22 | Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario | Drafted: Detroit's 2nd choice, 46th overall, in 2016 NHL Entry Draft

Season Stats

Season GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG SOG SOA SO % SH SH %
2019-20 Regular Season 37 9 10 19 -6 75 0.51 0 0 0 0 0.0 63 14.3
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Bio

Fourth season as a Griffin…Third year pro…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 10/17/16…Reassigned from Guelph (OHL) by Detroit, 3/22/17…Assigned by Detroit, 9/29/18…Assigned by Detroit, 9/28/19…Recalled by Detroit, 10/24/19…Assigned by Detroit, 10/30/19…Recalled by Detroit, 11/11/19…Assigned by Detroit, 11/15/19…Recalled by Detroit, 11/16/19…Assigned by Detroit, 11/22/19…Recalled by Detroit, 12/30/19…Assigned by Detroit, 1/22/20…Recalled by Detroit, 1/30/20…Assigned by Detroit, 2/11/20.

Career Highlights: Compiled 13 points (6-7—13) in 64 games during his rookie campaign with the Griffins in 2018-19…Ranked eighth among AHL rookies with 86 PIM in 2018-19…Made his professional debut with the Griffins in 2016-17, appearing in three regular season games…Set OHL career highs with 44 points and 26 goals in 64 games with Guelph in 2016-17…Led the OHL in PIM in 2016-17 and 2015-16.

2018-19: In his first full professional season, totaled 13 points (6-7—13), a plus-two rating and 86 PIM in 64 appearances with the Griffins…Ranked second on the team and eighth among AHL rookies in PIM…In his Calder Cup Playoff debut, skated in four games, tallying two points (0-2—2), a plus-one rating and nine PIM…Suspended by the AHL for Game 4 of the Central Division Semifinals…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…Picked up his first point as a pro while assisting on Dominik Shine’s goal, 11/4/18 at CLE… Dropped the gloves with Alex Gallant for his first pro fight, 11/28/18 vs. CHI…Scored his first pro goal, 12/7/18 at RFD…Made his return to the lineup after missing six games due to injury, 12/29/18 vs. CLE…Collected a season-high 17 PIM, 3/9/19 at MIL…Recorded a season-high three-game point streak, 3/23/19-3/26/19…Picked up an assist in his Calder Cup Playoff debut, 4/19/19 at CHI.

2017-18
: Split his final OHL campaign between Guelph and Kitchener, combining for 30 points (17-13—30), a plus-one rating and 50 PIM in 46 games…Tallied 11 points (8-3—11) and 14 PIM in 19 games to begin the season with Guelph…Finished the season with Kitchener and showed 19 points (9-10—19), a plus-six rating and 36 PIM…Recorded a season-high three points on two occasions, 1/21/18 vs. GUE and 2/27/18 vs. SAR…Produced 18 points (11-7—18), a plus-five rating and 22 PIM in 18 postseason games with Kitchener as the Rangers fell in Game 7 of the conference finals…Ranked among the team’s playoff leaders in points (5th), goals (2nd), assists (T8th), plus-minus (T6th), PIM (2nd) and shots (70, 3rd)…Tallied eight points (4-4—8) during a seven-game point streak to open the postseason.

2016-17: Set junior career highs with 44 points (26-18—44) and 26 goals in 64 games with Guelph…Paced the OHL with 139 PIM, his second consecutive season leading the league in PIM…Led Guelph with 214 shots and also ranked among the team’s leaders in points (3rd), goals (2nd), assists (T7th) and power play goals (7, T2nd)…Scored a pair of hat tricks, 11/26/16 vs. LDN and 3/4/17 at OS…Appeared in three games with the Griffins after his OHL season concluded, marking his professional debut…Played in his first AHL game, 3/31/17 vs. CHA.

2015-16
: Notched 42 points (23-19—42) and 146 PIM in 65 games with Guelph…19 assists set a junior career high…Led the OHL in PIM…Tied for the team lead with seven power play goals while placing fourth on the club in assists, and second in points, goals and shots (185)…Potted a hat trick, 11/1/15 at KIT…Tallied seven points and five goals during a three-game point and goal streak, 1/3/16-1/9/16.

2014-15
: Split his first OHL season between Barrie and Guelph and combined for 19 points (7-12—19), a plus-seven rating and 76 PIM in 61 games…Recorded four points (0-4—4), a plus-three rating and 20 PIM in 31 games with Barrie to begin the campaign…Registered 15 points (7-8—15), a plus-four rating and 56 PIM in 30 appearances with Guelph…Made his OHL playoff debut with Guelph and recorded five points (2-3—5) and 18 PIM in nine games…Led the team in postseason PIM and tied for fourth in scoring…Teammates with Tyler Bertuzzi in Guelph…Made his OHL debut, 9/26/14 at NB…Went on a season-high five-game point streak, 1/24/15-2/5/15.

Personal: Lives in Toronto during the off season…Has three siblings…Older brother, Gemel, was selected in the fourth round, 104th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and is currently in Tampa Bay’s organization…Best friend in hockey is Derek Hulak…Greatest hockey memory is getting drafted…Was a part of a championship team with the Skillz Black Aces…Started playing hockey at the age of six…Hockey nickname is Smitty…Hockey idol as a youth was Jarome Iginla…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his father because he told him to just play…After his playing career, plans on being a father…First job was as a salesman…Greatest obstacle he’s overcome is adjusting to pro hockey…Proudest accomplishment is getting drafted…Favorite charities are those that support sick kids…An exciting thing he’s done is swim in the Blue Lagoon in Jamaica…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a music artist…Speaks French and patois…Also played basketball growing up…Interested in real estate…Favorite food is ribs…Favorite music artist is Drake…Favorite movie is Hot Tub Time Machine…Favorite television show is Top Boy…Favorite website is Facebook…Favorite author is Stephen King…Favorite vacation spot is Mexico…Favorite sports team is the Michigan Wolverines…Least favorite sports team is Ohio State…Favorite sport to watch other than hockey is basketball.

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2014-15 Barrie OHL 31 0 4 4 20 - - - - -
Guelph OHL 30 7 8 15 56 9 2 3 5 10
2015-16 Guelph OHL 65 23 19 42 146 - - - - -
2016-17 Guelph OHL 64 26 18 44 139 - - - - -
Grand Rapids AHL 3 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
2017-18 Guelph OHL 19 8 3 11 14 - - - - -
Kitchener OHL 27 9 10 19 36 18 11 7 18 22
2018-19 Grand Rapids AHL 64 6 7 13 86 4 0 2 2 9
2019-20 Grand Rapids AHL 37 9 10 19 75 -- -- -- -- --
Detroit NHL 21 2 1 3 9 -- -- -- -- --
NHL TOTALS 21 2 1 3 9 -- -- -- -- --
GRIFFINS/AHL TOTALS 104 15 17 32 163 4 0 2 2 9
PRO TOTALS 125 17 18 35 172 4 0 2 2 9

AHL Career Highs

  • Games Played 64, 2018-19
  • Goals 9, 2019-20
  • Assists 10, 2019-20
  • Points 19, 2019-20
  • PIM 86, 2018-19
  • Goal Streak N/A
  • Assist Streak 2, three times (MR: 12/11/19-12/13/19)
  • Point Streak 3, twice (MR: 10/5/19-10/18/19)
  • Goals, Game 2, twice (MR: 3/11/20 GR vs. IA)
  • Assists, Game 3, 12/13/19 GR at BAK
  • Points, Game 3, 12/13/19 GR at BAK
  • PIM, Game 17, 3/9/19 GR at MIL

Career Firsts

  • AHL Game 3/31/17 GR vs. CHA
  • AHL Point 11/4/18 GR at CLE (assist)
  • AHL Goal 12/7/18 GR at RFD (Anton Forsberg)
  • NHL Game 10/25/19 DET vs. BUF
  • NHL Point 1/7/20 DET vs. MTL (assist)
  • NHL Goal 1/14/20 DET at NYI (Thomas Greiss)

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