MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday the acquisition of forward Devante Smith-Pelly from the Anaheim Ducks in return for forward Jiri Sekac
Smith-Pelly (22) recorded 17 points (5 goals and 12 assists) in 54 regular season games with the Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15 with a 14:38 time on ice average. He scored a shorthanded goal and added a game-winning tally. He served 12 penalty minutes and displays a +1 plus/minus ratio along with 147 hits.
Since making his NHL debut in 2011-12, Smith-Pelly has tallied 40 points (14 goals, 26 helpers) in 129 regular season games. He scored once on the powerplay and twice when his team was shorthanded, adding two game-winners. The 6’ 2’’ and 220 lb right winger also served 30 penalty minutes.
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Smith-Pelly was the Ducks' second round selection, 42nd overall, at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He played three full seasons of junior hockey with the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and won a bronze medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 WJHC. He collected six points (3 goals, 3 assists) at the 2011 Memorial Cup Tournament, helping his team reach the final before falling to Saint John.
The 22-year old Jiri Sekac registered 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in 50 games with the Canadiens thus far this season, averaging 13:48 of ice time per game. The Kladno, Czech Republic native joined the team as a free agent on July 1, 2014.