Draft Picks Smith and Hronek join Griffins

The Detroit Red Wings reassigned forward Givani Smith and defenseman Filip Hronek to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Both were playing in the OHL before they joined the Red Wings AHL affiliate. Smith was playing for the Guelph Storm while Hronek was a member of the Saginaw Spirit.

Smith played in 64 games this season for the Storm. He was 3rd on the team in points with 44, 2nd on the team in goals with 26, and also had seven power play goals. He also lead the OHL in penalty minutes with 139.

During the 2014-2015 season, Smith split his time between Barrie and Guelph.

Smith was the Red Wings second pick in the 2016 entry draft. He has collected 101 points (56-45-101) since joining the Guelph Storm during the 2014-2015 season. Last season was his first full season with the OHL club where he finished second on the team in points with 42 (23-19-42).

For Hronek, this was his first season playing in North America. He played in 59 games for the Spirit and was tied for fourth place among OHL defenseman in scoring. He accumulated 61 points on the season (14-47-61). Hronek was Detroit’s third pick in the 2016 NHL entry draft.

The blueliner has represented his home country in international play since the 2014-2015 season. He played in the 2017 World Junior Championship for the Czechs.

Before his North American debut, Hronek played in the Czech Republic from 2013-2016. He debuted as a pro in 2014-2015 Hradec Kralove in the Czech Extraliga appearing in 41 games spanning over two season with the team, collecting four assists.

It has not been determined whether or not these two will see the ice anytime soon, but they are expected to be available to play if they are needed.

The Griffins are home on Friday night the host the Rockford IceHogs. They will then travel to Rockford for the rematch on Saturday night before making the trip up to Milwaukee for a Sunday showdown with the Admirals.

Currently, the Griffins stand at 40-18-1-4 which is good enough for the top spot in the Central Division and the second overall spot in the Western Conference.

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