Player Profile: Devante Smith-Pelly

Thursday, 07.26.2012 / 3:56 PM / News
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

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Season Overview
Devante Smith-Pelly appeared in his first NHL season with the Ducks in 2011-12. He became the second member of Anaheim’s 2010 draft class to play in the league, joining defenseman Cam Fowler.

Making the team out of training camp, Smith-Pelly played in his first career game in the season opener against Buffalo on October 7 in Helsinki, Finland. At an age of 19 years, three months and 23 days, he became the third youngest Duck to appear in an NHL contest on that night. One day later in Stockholm, Sweden, he netted his first career point by assisting on an Andrew Cogliano goal against the New York Rangers.

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He would pot his first career goal in unorthodox fashion, as a Fowler shot deflected off Smith-Pelly and into the net on November 9 against Nashville at Honda Center. Originally, Fowler was given credit for the goal, but it was later reversed by officials after replays confirmed the puck went in after hitting Smith-Pelly.

In mid-December, the choice was made to allow Smith-Pelly to play for Team Canada in the IIHF World Junior Championships on a loan. His time in the tournament was drastically cut short though, as he fractured his left foot while blocking a shot in Canada’s opening contest against Finland. The injury kept him out of the Ducks lineup until February 21.

Smith-Pelly would finish off his first campaign in the league with seven goals, six assists and 13 points in 49 games played. He led all Ducks rookies in apperances, goals, assists, points, shots (66) and time on ice (590:09). His 104 hits tied for seventh on Anaheim, while ranking 11th among all first-year players in the league.

Highlight
Toward the end his rookie campaign, Smith-Pelly began to flourish on the scoresheet. He tallied six of his 13 points during the season in the final 10 games on the 2011-12 schedule. Within that, the 20-year-old achieved his first career multi-point game in the league during a 5-4 shootout loss at Vancouver on April 3. Less than five minutes after earning an assist on a Rod Pelley goal in the second period, Smith-Pelly potted a goal on a tip-in off a Bobby Ryan pass.

By the Numbers
16, the number of players from the 2010 NHL Draft who have already made their debuts in the league. While 11 of those have been first round picks (including Fowler), Smith-Pelly is one of the five to come from later rounds. He was chosen by Anaheim with the 42nd overall selection in the second round.

Looking Forward
After reaching the NHL in his first professional season of hockey, Smith-Pelly will be looking to build on that experience moving forward in 2012-13. The winger played on several different forward lines as a rookie, including some time with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf toward the end of the season. Come training camp, there should be a good battle among team forwards for coveted spots in the lineup and Smith-Pelly will certainly be in the mix. He is under contract with Anaheim through the 2013-14 season on the entry-level deal he agreed to on December 29, 2010.

Personal
Lists pizza as his favorite food, with his top choice coming from Pizza Hut. After seeing “Avatar” a couple of times in 3D at the theater when it was released, Smith-Pelly said that is his favorite movie. The first car he owned was a 2007 Jeep SRT-8, which he still has. A fan of all types of music except country, he calls Drake his favorite artist. If he did not play hockey, he would possibly have tried his hand at baseball. A big fan of the sport, he roots for the Toronto Blue Jays. Keep up with Devante Smith-Pelly on Twitter at @smithpelly23.

He Said It
“My goal was definitely to make the team and stay here. The year went great and I’m happy I got a chance. Now, I’m just trying to work on everything. You can always improve. My focus is to not to be complacent with the fact that I did play last year. You see that sometimes. Guys will play when they’re young and then they just get complacent in the next year. I definitely don’t plan on doing that. I just plan on getting better every day and helping the team.” – Devante Smith-Pelly

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 2 2 2 4 4
C. Perry 2 1 1 3 2
M. Beleskey 1 1 1 1 2
F. Beauchemin 2 0 2 0 2
A. Cogliano 2 1 0 0 1
M. Perreault 2 1 0 0 1
K. Palmieri 2 1 0 -1 1
T. Selanne 2 0 1 0 1
N. Bonino 2 0 1 0 1
P. Maroon 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 2 0 0 .930 2.50
 

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