• Prior to playing for Mississauga, Smith-Pelly collected 38 goals and 39 assists for 77 points in 85 games played with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens Minor Midget team – a team that also featured fellow draft prospects John McFarland (No. 15 ranked) and Tyler Toffoli (No. 16 ranked).
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday