Storm forward Givani Smith was drafted in the 2nd round, 46th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Smith was ranked 54th in the OHL Central Scouting final rankings.
By Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News
You want to know what it’s like to be drafted into the NHL, feel the emotion of it all?
All you had to do was look at the smile and joy on Givani Smith’s face.
“It’s surreal,” said Smith, with a beaming grin. “I’m just taking it all in.”
Smith was the Red Wings’ first pick Saturday, the 46th overall selection (second-round) in the draft.
What stands out about Smith?
He isn’t bashful about the physical part of the game.
Smith had 146 penalty minutes last season playing for Guelph (Ontario League) and scored 23 goals.
He likes to go to the net, and is difficult to move.
“A power forward guy who likes to score goals and finish checks, and play with an edge,” said Smith, while giving a scouting report on himself. “I play a mean game. I like to go in on the forecheck and get in guys’ faces.
“(I like being) physical, I’m a big frame (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and I throw my body around and wear the defense down and create space on the ice.
“I’m going to keep doing it.