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Coach Blashill On Givani Smith

10/06/2021 at 2:45pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Givani Smith's position on the Red Wings' roster is likely secure.

He is out of options, so if the team was to waive him, he'd likely be picked up by another team for nothing....

But after three exhibition games, Smith has been relatively silent on the ice. He has no points and a minus-3 rating, averaging 11 minutes of ice time.

More: Red Wings' power play, under new direction, humming in preseason

Coach Jeff Blashill said Smith could separate himself from the pack among the bottom-six forwards.

"He has to make sure he does a good job of getting the puck out of our end so he's not playing a ton of defensive zone coverage," Blashill said. "He has to get the puck deep when he gets into the neutral zone, forecheck hard and when he gets (the puck) in the offensive zone, he has to either take it to the net, or give it to somebody and get to the net and win all those net-front battles."

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Blashill continues to like what he is seeing from forward Kirill Tyutyev.

"When you watch him play he's strong on the puck, makes a lot of good plays and he has a pretty good mind offensively," Blashill said. "There's stuff there, and I don't foresee him starting in Detroit, but I'll be interested to see how he does in Grand Rapids. It wouldn't surprise me if he was able to have lots of success."

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