The Ducks have signed right wing Devante Smith-Pelly
to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Smith-Pelly, 22 (6/14/92), has scored 9-14=23 points with 18 penalty minutes (PIM) in 75 career NHL games with the Ducks. Smith-Pelly set career highs in assists (8) and plus/minus (+5) in his third NHL season in 2013-14, appearing in 19 games with Anaheim. The 6-0, 222-pound winger also made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in 2014, leading the Ducks with five goals (5-0=5) and ranking third with 24 PIM.
Selected in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Smith-Pelly scored 27-16=43 points with 29 PIM in 55 games last season with Norfolk, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). He led Norfolk in goals and ranked second in scoring, while also collecting his first career AHL hat trick (3-0=3) on Feb. 18 @ Charlotte. A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Smith Pelly has recorded 41-35=76 points with 96 PIM in 124 career AHL games with Norfolk and Syracuse.
Smith-Pelly spoke about the new contract Tuesday afternoon:
On getting the deal signed,
I’m pretty relieved to get it done. This is my first process going through something like this, so I wasn’t sure how long it would take. There’s a long process to it. I wasn’t sure if it was going to come this close to camp, but at the same time, I knew something would get done before.
On the negotiation process,
I was involved somewhat. I had my input. Most of the time I let my agent and [Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager] Bob [Murray] handle it and talk it out. I tried not to bug my agent too much with the process and let it happen.
On his playoff run,
I was pretty happy with the way I played during the stretch run. I wouldn’t say satisfied, because obviously we would have liked to go forward and win the whole thing. On a personal level, it was good for me and good for my confidence. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun the whole time.
On his expectations for this season,
My main goal is to have a good camp. Bruce [Boudreau] shuffles the lines and, with the way I play, I can be successful on any type of line. I’m not thinking about who my linemates are going to be. I’m focused on making sure I do what I have to do to have an impact and help this team win.
I’m just trying to get better. If it ends up being in a top-six position, hopefully I can contribute offensively and keep my physical game. If it’s bottom-six, hopefully it’s the same. I’m the type of player that can play in any kind of role, and I’ll accept any role I’m given.