Smith was assigned to the taxi squad Tuesday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

The gritty winger made his NHL debut with the Red Wings last season, and he managed a pair of goals to complement an assist and 42 hits between 21 games. Even if Smith doesn't get a quick recall to the parent club, his taxi-squad status bodes well for his development, as he'll still have a chance to practice and travel with the more established players.

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