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Devante Smith-Pelly
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Born June 14, 1992 (1992-06-14) (age 27)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 222 lb (101 kg; 15 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New Jersey Devils
Anaheim Ducks
Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 42nd overall, 2010
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2011–present

Devante Smith-Pelly (born Devante Malik Smith-Pelly on June 14, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected by Anaheim in the 2nd round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Devante began his major junior career in 2008–09, recording 25 points over 57 games with the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

During the 2009 playoffs, he added five points over 11 games. One of Devante's two goals ended the second-longest game in OHL history as he scored in triple-overtime to eliminate the Barrie Colts in the conference quarterfinals.

The following season, Devante improved to 62 points over 60 games. In the subsequent summer, he was selected 42nd overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Returning to the OHL for a third season following his draft, Devante recorded a junior career-high 36 goals and 66 points over 67 games. He added 21 points in 20 OHL playoff games as the Majors lost in the Finals to the Owen Sound Attack.

Despite losing the OHL title, the Majors qualified for the 2011 Memorial Cup, Canada's national major junior tournament by way of having been chosen as the host team at the beginning of the season.

Advancing to the final, the Majors were defeated by the Saint John Seadogs In the MasterCard Memorial Cup final 3-1. Devante recorded six points over five games and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team.

Eligible for one more OHL season in 2011–12, Devante made the Ducks roster out of training camp. He recorded five points in his first 26 games before the Ducks agreed to loan him to the Canadian national junior team in December of 2011.

During Devante's first full season in the NHL with the Ducks in 2014–15, he produced 17 points in 54 games. On February 24, 2015, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Jiri Sekac.

In the following 2015–16 season, Devante got off to a strong start with the Canadiens as they started a franchise best 9 straight wins to start the year.

With a mid-season collapse in form and despite contributing with a career best 6 goals through 46 games, Devante was dealt by the Canadiens to the New Jersey Devils, just a little over a year from when he was acquired on February 29, 2016 in exchange for Stefan Matteau.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Mississauga St. Michael's Majors OHL 57 13 12 25 24 11 2 3 5 4
2009–10 Mississauga St. Michael's Majors OHL 60 29 33 62 35 16 8 6 14 20
2010–11 Mississauga St. Michael's Majors OHL 67 36 30 66 50 20 15 6 21 16
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 49 7 6 13 16
2011–12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 4 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Norfolk Admirals AHL 65 14 18 32 65
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 7 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 55 27 16 43 29
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 19 2 8 10 2 12 5 0 5 24
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 54 5 12 17 12
2014–15 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 1 2 3 14 12 1 2 3 2
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 6 6 12 22
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 18 8 5 13 8
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 53 4 5 9 12
NHL totals 266 33 44 77 84 24 6 2 8 26

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada Ontario U17 Template:Goca 6 0 3 3 4
2012 Canada WJC Template:Brca 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 7 0 3 3 4

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2012 Canada
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold 2009 Canada

Devante debuted with Hockey Canada at the 2009 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. He recorded three assists over six games playing with Team Ontario, helping them to a gold medal win.

During his NHL rookie season, the Anaheim Ducks loaned him to the Canadian under-20 team for the 2012 World Junior Championships.

One of two players to be loaned from the NHL (Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brett Connolly was the other), Devante was named an alternate captain for the team.

In Canada's first game of the tournament against Finland, he broke a bone in his left foot blocking a shot.

Rather than return to Anaheim to begin his rehabilitation, Devante stayed with the team & watched as Canada went on to win the bronze medal. Since he was part of the Canadian roster, he also received a medal.

Playing StyleEdit

Devante plays in the style of a power forward and is known for his hitting and forechecking abilities.

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2011)
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