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Ducks Take Six on Day 2 of Draft

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks stocked their farm system with the selection of six more players during Saturday's second through seventh rounds at the NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center. Anaheim selected right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (second round, 42nd overall), right wing Chris Wagner (fifth round, 122nd overall), defenseman Tim Heed (fifth round, 132nd overall), center Andreas Dahlstrom (fifth round, 161st overall), defenseman Kevin Lind (sixth round, 177th overall) and right wing Brett Perlini (seventh round, 192nd overall).

We added a lot of speed and skill on both days," said Ducks Director of Amateur Scouting Martin Madden.

Anaheim started the second day of the draft by taking Smith-Pelly, a  6-0, 211-pound right winger out of Mississauga of the OHL, who had 29 goals and 62 points in 60 games played in 2009-10.

"He's a kid that the whole staff really likes," Madden said. "He’s competitive, a power forward type, who is going to finish his junior career for sure."

The 18-year-old (6/14/92) scored 29-33=62 points with a +27 rating and 35 PIM in 60 games with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2009-10. Smith-Pelly finished the season tied for the team lead in scoring while ranking second in goals and power play goals (10), and third in assists and plus/minus. The 6-0, 211-pound right wing also collected 8-6=14 points in 16 OHL Playoff games, ranking first on the Majors in goals and tied for first in scoring. A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Smith-Pelly made his OHL debut with Mississauga in 2008-09, recording 13-12=25 points with 24 PIM in 57 games.

"It was a different feeling," said Smith-Pelly of having to wait until the second round to hear his name called. "I was really happy. There is nothing like hearing your name called. It’s an amazing feeling.

Interview with Smith-Pelly

The Ducks didn't have third and fourth round picks, but got back into action beginning in the fifth round, when Madden said the organization, "definitely went for longer-term projects, more in the home run category. We thought we had three players that we’re really sure about with our first three picks. So we took some chances in later rounds."

Anaheim made a deal with Toronto to acquire the second pick of the fifth round (122nd overall) in exchange for forward Mike Brown. With that selection, the Ducks took Christopher Wagner, a right winger out of South Shore of the EJHL. The 6-0, 200-pounder put up 34 goals and 83 points in 44 games in 2009-10. Wagner was named the EJHL’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year after captaining his team to the Southern Division championship, matching the league’s single-season scoring record and leading the league in goals and assists. The 6-0, 200-pound right wing made his debut with South Shore in 2008-09, earning 20-14=34 points with 72 PIM in 38 games.

Heed, 19 (1/27/91), recorded 8-29=37 points with 20 PIM in 32 games in Sweden with Sodertalje’s junior team last season. Heed also appeared in 27 games for Sodertalje’s club in the Swedish Elite League in 2009-10, scoring 1-9=10 points with two PIM. The 5-11, 165-pound defenseman spent his first season with Sodertalje’s junior club in 2008-09, picking up 1-7=8 points with 10 PIM in 32 games. As a member of Sweden’s U-19 national team, Heed earned 3-5=8 points in six games.

Dahlstrom, 19 (6/22/91), appeared in six games with Stockholm AIK of the Swedish Elite League in 2009-10, registering 1-2=3 points with four PIM. The x-x, xx-pound center also played five games for Stockholm’s AIK junior team last season, earning 4-6=10 points with 12 PIM. Dahlstrom also played for Stockholm AIK Jr. in 2008-09, posting 5-5=10 points with 67 PIM in 28 games.

Lind, 18 (3/31/92), collected 6-10=16 points with 76 PIM in 55 games with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL) last season. Lind finished the year ranked second among team defensemen in scoring and goals, tied for second in assists, first in plus/minus (+3) and tied for first in appearances. The 6-3, 202-pound defenseman made his USHL debut in 2008-09, recording 2-3=5 points with 45 PIM in 50 games with Chicago.

Perlini, 20 (6/14/90), scored 7-5=12 points with 10 PIM in 20 games with Michigan State of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) in 2009-10. Following the season, Perlini was voted the Spartan’s Most Improved Player during a team awards ceremony in March. The 6-2, 200-pound right wing made his Michigan State debut in 2008-09, earning 2-1=3 points in 26 games.

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