The Red Wings have selected left winger Givani Smith at 46th overall from the Guelph Storm. He was the first-round pick of the Barrie Colts in the 2014 OHL draft before being traded to Guelph in his rookie season. He has been touted as having a great work ethic, a player that gives his all no matter the situation. He plays as a power-forward type player and is good at using his size to win battles and protect the puck.
Smith has good hands and finishing ability, but still has some work to do on his defensive game. He can be a little too aggressive at times and take himself out of position. But his combination of skill and playing style earned him a "throwback" description as a power forward that isn’t seen much in the NHL today.
He’s considered to be a bit of a project player, but with the right development could project to a top six forward.
Givani’s older brother Gemel was drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2012.
Born: February 27, 1998
Team: Guelph Storm
Hometown: Thornhill, ON, CAN
From Future Considerations NHL Draft Guide:
Smith is a real strong winger who plays a heavy game and will flex his muscle to intimidate opponents into moving the puck if needed. He finishes his checks and is a force on the forecheck. Smith uses his size to his advantage, protecting the puck along the wall, swiveling his hips to keep control and adjust his protection as needed. He does a good job of fending off his check with his free arm and shows no quit in his game in all areas he tries to get control of the puck. He possesses solid puck skills, controlling the puck well in tight, but tends to look down and puck watch, seeing it get away from him at times. Smith isn’t the flashiest of players, but when he keeps it simple, he has plenty of success. He has good ability to quickly move the puck to the side of his body just enough to get off a deceptive wrist shot with power generating from his hands, which are higher than usual, and there’s not a lot of weight transfer. He doesn’t have impressive speed, but he is a real force on the attack when he gets chugging along. Smith possesses good agility, but can be a bit choppy off the start. He loves the get into the best position to get the puck and/or scoring spot, driving hard to the net and looking for a pass and/or rebound opportunity countless times throughout the game.
Here’s a brief video of Smith’s highlights:
Detroit takes Givani Smith. Big and very tough kid (lot of penalties) but has a solid pair of hands too.— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) June 25, 2016
Givani Smith is developing into a very effective power forward. He just loves to hit, and does so in all three zones.— Sarah Lindenau (@Lindy72) June 25, 2016
Givani Smith says he's excited to be reunited with former teammate Tyler Bertuzzi. pic.twitter.com/zorR4Bobuf— Kyle M. (@KyleWIIM) June 25, 2016
Givani Smith says his favorite player, and a guy he models his game after is Wayne Simmonds.— Kyle M. (@KyleWIIM) June 25, 2016