Kevin Prendergast and the coaching staff for Team Canada received 2 early presents Thursday night when it was announced by Anaheim and Tampa Bay that Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly would be loaned to the Canadian World Junior team.
Smith-Pelly should return to the team in the first week of January.
Devante Smith-Pelly skated this morning on fourth line. If he plays, it'll be his 10th game. Said he hasn't gotten official word on staying.
Smith-Pelly could become the victim of the numbers game as the team has options up front. The team has serious worries about his conditioning level at the midway point of the season but they may burn a year off his entry-level contract due to his performance.
Devante Smith-Pelly (flu) is better and skated on fourth line this morning. Said he's not certain he's in but appears so with Maroon gone.
If the Ducks decide not to dress Smith-Pelly, they could once again dress seven defensemen. Smith-Pelly remains on an entry-level slide with the ability to play two more games before the Ducks need to make a decision.
Yet, it is another crucial night for Devante Smith-Pelly, the 19-year-old forward whose bid to stick with the Ducks long-term will at least stretch into the regular season.
Smith-Pelly survived most of the roster cuts and figures to spend at least nine games on the third line. Through 67 games, the powerforward scored 36 goals and 66 points. Keep an eye on him for the future.He is viewed favorably by most scouts so keep an eye on him in the future.
Too young to serve beer. Not too young to have a shot at cracking the Ducks' roster.
Right now it sounds like Peter Holland has the inside track of making the team. In fact, most OHL pundits expect Smith-Pelly to return to Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the OHL. Through 67 games, the powerforward scored 36 goals and 66 points. Keep an eye on him for the future.
Among the variables going into Ducks training camp involves which players, among a bevy of eligible forwards, will grab the upper hand on openings among the third and fourth lines. Expect to find Devante Smith-Pelly among the discussion.
Smith-Pelley plays a rugged, power forward style of play which should fit well in the Western Conference. After a successful career in the OHL, he could be able to make the jump into the NHL ranks with a strong training camp.