Have you been hearing as much about Devante Smith-Pelly as I have the past few weeks? Not that I had never heard of him, but recently it seems he is all over the place.
So who is he?
Smith-Pelly was drafted 42nd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He has spent the past few seasons in the OHL and will be attending the Ducks camp in September.
- 2007-2008: He played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the GTHL, where he won the 2008 OHL Cup with that club.
- 2008-2009: In his OHL rookie season with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, Smith-Pelly played 57 games where he scored 13 goals and added 12 assists for 25 points. He also had 24 penalty minutes in those games. He scored 2 goals and 3 assists in 11 playoff game.
- 2009-2010: Smith-Pelly scored 29 goals and added 33 assists for 62 points in 60 games. He ended with a +27 for the season. In the 2010 playoffs, Smith-Pelly scored 8 goals and added 6 assists for 14 points.
- 2010-2011: His best season so far, he played 67 games scoring 36 goals with 30 assists. He ended up with an amazing +49 for the season. In the post-season, he scored 15 goals and 6 assists in 20 games.
He is a talented goal scorer who has been improving season after season. Although only 6 feet tall, his big frame allows him to take and deliver massive hits. I doubt he will be a starter this coming season, but we can expect him to be called up several times this season. Smith-Pelly should prove to be an exciting player with a ton of talent.
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