Red Wings claim Givani Smith's brother from Lightning


Four years before Givani Smith was drafted in the second round by the Red Wings, his older brother Gemel was drafted in the fourth round by the Stars.

Now they're both in Detroit.

The Red Wings have claimed Gemel Smith off waivers from Tampa Bay, the club announced Wednesday.

The 27-year-old center has yet to play this season while recovering from a lower-body injury, but he'll give the Wings a physical presence down the middle when he's healthy.

Smith spent the past two seasons with the Lightning, where he tallied four points and 15 penalty minutes in eight games. The bulk of his action came with Tampa's AHL affiliate, where he was close to a point-per-game player. As he was the season prior with the Bruins' AHL affiliate.

At 5'10, Smith doesn't boast the size of his 6'2 younger brother, but he does appear to have more offensive upside. Gemel has averaged .68 points per game in the AHL, compared to .36 for Givani.

Now, when can they play on the same line?