In Red Wings Land
With our old favorite Smith now tied up with the New York Rangers, it’s time to start tracking a new one. Givani Smith, taken in the 2016 Entry Draft, was sent packing from camp and headed back to his major-junior team, the Guelph Storm.
File this one under "no duh"... Nothing against the kid - I and the rest of us on the writing staff are actually really excited to see what he can bring to the big club someday soon. However, with the rules for someone his age being what they are, his options were to either make the big club or be sent back to Guelph. With several names ahead of him on the depth chart, he was going to have to play absolutely out of his mind for the entire camp and preseason to make the big club. Ultimately, he showed progress, but also that he’s still got work to do on his game.
Stay hungry, Givani, refine your game a bit, and hopefully we can see you in a Griffins sweater for some AHL Playoffs after the Storm’s season.
Around The League
Apparently, Monday featured a fun goal by the 2017 No. 1 overall pick, Nico Hischier of the New Jersey Devils. Nico looks vaguely Datsyukian as he picks a pocket while splitting two defenders, then appears to slide the puck under the leg pads of a sprawled out Vitek Vanecek.
While certainly exciting for preseason action, and for Devils fans who haven’t had much to cheer for since Ilya Kovalchuk bolted for Mother Russia, let’s not get carried away with what happened. A really good kid made fools of a Caps rookie who hasn’t really sniffed NHL action yet and a 3rd string goalie who didn’t keep his pads flush to the ice.
Is Nico going to be good with the Devils this year? Yeah, looks like it. But he doesn’t look like Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid (yet). Then again, what do I know - he’s set to make millions over the next few years playing a game that started as flinging frozen poo discs past another team, while we all write about it for free... Enjoy the moment while it lasts, Nico!