Smith (undisclosed) will be in Thursday's lineup against the Lightning. Smith was nursing a minor injury during the preseason but is ready to go for Detroit's season opener Thursday. He scored four points with a minus-5 rating in 16 games with the Red Wings last season. The 23-year-old should stick to his usual bottom-line role.
Smith (undisclosed) didn't play in Thursday's preseason game versus the Penguins due to a minor injury, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. It doesn't sound like Smith will be sidelined for long with the injury. The 23-year-old winger figures to have a chance for a bottom-six job this season. The Red Wings' last preseason game is Saturday versus the Sabres, but it's unclear if Smith will participate in that one.
Smith signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings on Tuesday. Smith spent the majority of the 2020-21 season in the minors, picking up nine goals, 15 points and 54 PIM in 25 games, but he also drew into 16 contests with the big club, picking up four points over that span. He'll likely have a similar role in 2021-22, so don't expect Smith to emerge as a viable fantasy option.
Smith was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Sunday. Smith split time between the NHL and AHL levels fairly evenly this season, scoring a combined 16 points with 59 PIM in 37 games. The 23-year-old winger is a restricted free agent this offseason and will likely enter training camp next season as a depth forward option once again.
Smith was reassigned to Detroit's taxi squad Saturday. This move all but confirms Smith won't be in the lineup for Saturday's regular-season finale versus Columbus. He'll finish the campaign with four points, 21 PIM and 20 shots on goal in 16 NHL appearances.
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||19||2||2||4||-3||0||0||1||0||0||10.7|