In the FYI department:
The Grand Rapids Griffins are posting “2018-19 (seasons) in review” for their key contributors, and today, they focus on Givani Smith…
4 – In his first taste of postseason action, Smith appeared in four Calder Cup Playoff games. He was suspended by the AHL for Game 4 of the Central Division Semifinals. Smith picked up an assist in his debut during Game 1 at Chicago.
5 – Smith scored five of his 13 points in the month of March.
6 – All six of Smith’s goals came against Central Division opponents (two vs. Iowa and one each vs. Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee and Texas). Grand Rapids was 3-1-2-0 when Smith scored a goal.
86 – His 86 PIM placed second on the team (Dylan McIlrath, 98) and ranked eighth among AHL rookies. Smith received a season-high 17 PIM during a 4-0 home win against Milwaukee on March 9.
But at this point in the summer, the Griffins’ Roster and Alumni Tracker is absolutely indispensable if you want to know how the 2019-2020 Griffins’ roster is taking shape.
The Griffins are paying attention to both the roster players who’ve left the organization (for example, Carter Camper, who signed with Utica on July 2nd) and alumni who are signing with teams flung far and wide all over the globe, like Adam Almquist, who signed with the Admiral Vladivostok on July 7th.
Right now it looks like the Griffins will get a little younger this upcoming season, and they may have to move an AHL veteran (a player with more than 261+ AHL/NHL/ECHL games played) as the Griffins have one more than the maximum of 5 that they may dress per game.
We’ll see how things unfold as the summer continues. Keep the Roster and Alumni Tracker bookmarked!