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.