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Ducks Recall Gibson, Smith-Pelly from Norfolk

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled goaltender John Gibson and right wing Devante Smith-Pelly from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Gibson, 20 (7/14/93), appeared in 45 games with Norfolk this season, posting a 21-17-4 record with a 2.34 goals-against average (GAA), .919 save percentage (SV%) and five shutouts. At the time of his recall, Gibson ranked third among AHL goalies in GAA, seventh in SV%, second in shutouts, sixth in saves. Among rookie goalies, he led in GAA, tied for first in shutouts, second in SV% and saves (1141), and ranked fifth in wins. The 6-3, 210-pound netminder has yet to appear in an NHL game.

Selected by Anaheim in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Gibson has appeared in 46 career AHL games with a 21-17-4 record with a 2.38 GAA and a .918 SV% with five shutouts. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native was named the CCM/AHL Goalie of the Month in October after going 3-1-2 with a 1.44 GAA and .953 SV% in six appearances.

Smith-Pelly, 21 (6/14/92), appeared in 16 contests earlier this season with Anaheim, scoring 1-7=8 points with a +5 rating and two penalty minutes (PIM). In 43 games with Norfolk this season, he has scored 27-16=43 points with 29 PIM. The Scarborough, Ontario native set career highs in goals and points, and leads the Admirals in goals.

Selected in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Smith-Pelly made his NHL debut with Anaheim in 2011-12, collecting 7-6=13 points with 16 PIM in 49 contests. The 6-0, 222-pound winger has appeared in 72 career NHL contests, earning 8-13=21 points with 18 PIM. In 120 career AHL contests, he has amassed 41-34=75 points with 94 PIM.

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