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.
Smith was assigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
Smith found the scoresheet three times across 21 contests at the top level. He now returns to the AHL, where the 21-year-old has fared slightly better this season, collecting 13 points in 24 games with Detroit's minor-league affiliate in Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings recalled Smith from AHL Grand Rapids on Thursday.
Smith was among the players sent down to the team's AHL affiliate during the All-Star break, so it shouldn't come as a shock that the 21-year-old rookie is back in the fold for Detroit. Smith has collected just three points (two goals, one assist) over 15 NHL contests this season, though Smith's inclusion on the power play still gives him some fantasy upside on a nightly basis.
Smith was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Thursday.
Smith's demotion is likely to be temporary, as the Red Wings are off until Jan. 31 versus the Rangers. In his last five outings, the winger notched two goals, eight shots and six hits while averaging 11:28 of ice time. The Toronto native figures to log two games with the Griffins against AHL San Diego on Friday and Saturday before being brought back up to the big club.
Smith potted a goal on three shots and added two hits in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Smith's tally cut the deficit to 5-3 late in the third period, but the Red Wings were unable to build upon the late momentum. The 21-year-old has three points, 19 shots on goal and 31 hits in 14 games this season. He sees a little power-play time as well -- averaging 1:45 per game on the man advantage -- but his even strength minutes come in the bottom six, which limits his overall effectiveness on offense.
Smith scored an even-strength goal in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Islanders.
The fourth-line winger did not record a hit in this game but instead, Smith lit the lamp to give him his first goal at the NHL level. The 21-year-old, even in a power-play role, is hard to trust in fantasy and remains years away from being relevant in most formats.
Smith collected an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Canadiens.
This was Smith's first NHL point. Listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Smith adds a physical dimension to a dispirited Red Wings lineup. Above all, we expect him to deliver consistent hit totals.
The Red Wings recalled Smith from AHL Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
Detroit only had 12 healthy forwards on its roster prior to Smith's promotion, so he'll round out the team's depth up front against the Sharks on Tuesday. The 21-year-old has picked up 13 points in 22 AHL appearances this season.
Smith (undisclosed) was activated from injured reserve and sent to AHL Grand Rapids on Friday.
Smith, a rookie winger known for his toughness and grit, missed three top-level games while tending to his mystery injury. With Darren Helm (lower body) inching closer to a return and the Wings not playing again until Saturday, Smith will bide his time in the minors. He has a ways to go before captivating the masses from a fantasy hockey perspective.
Smith (undisclosed) was placed on IR retroactive to Nov. 14.
It's unclear what's bothering the winger, and at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to rejoin the lineup. Either way, the 21-year-old has gone scoreless while averaging just 8:58 of ice time in five games this campaign, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his availability.
Smith was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Saturday.
Smith is pointless in five contests at the NHL level this season. He returns to Detroit and could suit up Saturday, but we'll know for sure when the Red Wings hit the ice for warmups 30 minutes before puck drop.
Detroit reassigned Smith to AHL Grand Rapids on Friday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Luke Glendening is expected to return to the lineup Saturday in San Jose, so the Red Wings are no longer in need of Smith's services on the wing. The 21-year-old went scoreless while averaging just 6:38 of ice time in two appearances during his most recent stint with the big club.
Smith will be the one to replace Justin Abdelkader (undisclosed) -- who is expected to miss three weeks -- on the fourth line, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Smith is expected to line up on the opposite side of Darren Helm, and he'll be centered by penalty-killing specialist Christoffer Ehn, starting with Tuesday's road clash with the Ducks. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill seems confident in the arrangement. "He (Smith) fits in that fourth line well," Blashill said. "The (Dylan) Larkin line and that line have been two of our better lines throughout the season at different times, so he can add to that abrasiveness, physicality, forechecking, net presence, things that are important to us."
The Red Wings recalled Smith from AHL Grand Rapids on Monday.
Smith spent a three-game stint with the Red Wings in late October and averaged 10:32 of ice time, including power-play minutes. The 21-year-old winger will provide depth for the Wings on their upcoming three-game West Coast swing starting Tuesday in Anaheim. He's been a solid force with Grand Rapids, as Smith posted seven points and 27 PIM over 10 games.
The Red Wings reassigned Smith to AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
Smith didn't do much during his brief stay with the Wings, going scoreless while averaging 10:32 of ice time in three appearances. The 2016 second-round pick will return to a top-six role with Grand Rapids, where he's notched four points in four games this season.
Smith was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Friday.
It remains to be seen whether Smith's able to crack the lineup for Friday's game against the Sabres. It's not known at this time whether Smith's call-up was precipitated by an injury to another forward on the roster.
Smith was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Sunday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Smith collected two assists is the 5-1 preseason win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday, giving hockey fans a sneak peek at his determination and offensive flair. The gritty power winger probably could hold his own at the top level, but the Red Wings currently have sufficient depth on the left wing.
Smith tallied two assists in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
Smith is 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, and he's NHL ready. He plays a power forward's game and is incredibly intense. And he's fast for a big man. Smith gets under the opposition's skin, but needs to find a way to not cross the line by not taking too many penalties. A bottom-six checking role is probably in Smith's future.
Smith picked up two goals and added an assist to lead Guelph (OHL) to a 5-2 win over North Bay on Friday.
Not a bad way to celebrate the signing of your first NHL contract. Smith signed his entry-level deal with Detroit earlier this week, which shows you how much faith they have in the young man considering he was the 46th overall pick just this past June. Smith is built like a Mack Truck and he has more skill than he gets credit for. He now has four goals, eight points, and a whopping 35 shots on goal in his first eight games for Guelph this season.
Smith signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Red Wings on Monday.
The 2016 second-round draft pick is still very young and raw. He's unlikely to see the NHL anytime soon.
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