The Ducks have loaned right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to Hockey Canada for the upcoming 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.
"This is a great opportunity for Devante to continue his development," said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. "Being a candidate for Team Canada in such a prestigious tournament is a great honor. He's improving each day as an NHL player and we hope he can continue his progress after playing for his country. We fully expect him to play a prominent role in the upcoming tournament for Canada.”
Smith-Pelly, 19 (6/14/92), has appeared in 26 contests with Anaheim this season, scoring 3-2=5 points with 10 penalty minutes (PIM) and a +4 rating. At 19 years, three months and 23 days, Smith-Pelly was the third-youngest Duck to appear in an NHL contest on Oct. 7 at Buffalo (Helsinki, Finland). The 6-0, 213-pound winger scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 9 vs. Nashville (Rinne). A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Smith-Pelly played three seasons of junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2008-11, scoring 78-75=153 points with a +72 rating in 184 career games. He scored a team-leading 15-6=21 points in 20 OHL postseason contests in 2011, en route to an appearance in the Memorial Cup Final (runner-up to Saint John).