The Ducks have signed right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to a three-year entry-level contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Smith-Pelly, 18 (6/14/92), has appeared in 33 games for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season, scoring 20-17=37 points with 25 penalty minutes (PIM). His +28 rating co-leads his club and ranks tied for third in the OHL. In addition, the 6-0, 215-pound winger currently ranks second on the Majors in goals (tied for 15th in OHL) and points, helping the club to an OHL-best 28-4-1 record (57 points). Smith-Pelly scored a career-high 1-4=5 points on Dec. 17 in a 9-4 Majors win over Sudbury. He has also strung together two season-high five-game point streaks this season: Oct. 8-22 (2-5=7) and Nov. 26-Dec. 5 (6-3=9).
A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Smith-Pelly scored 29-33=62 points with a +27 rating and 35 PIM in 60 games with Mississauga in 2009-10. He completed 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. Smith-Pelly also collected 8-6=14 points in 16 OHL Playoff games, helping the Majors advance to the OHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. He ranked first on the club in postseason goals and tied for first in postseason scoring.
Selected by Anaheim in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Smith-Pelly has scored 62-62=124 points with 84 PIM and a +51 rating in 150 career OHL games. He has also added 10-9=19 points with 24 PIM in 27 OHL playoff contests.
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