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The man known as Devo has found a home in the Ducks lineup, even if he hasn't found a home on a particular line. Meanwhile, the Ducks hope he can evolve into more than a grinder.
Name: Devante Smith-Pelly
Position: Left Wing
Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario
How did he become a Duck?: Drafted with the 42nd overall pick in the 2010 draft. 2010 might be the draft equivalent of a 1976 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
Other Hockey Ventures: The 2012 World Junior Championship, but we don't like to talk about it.
Key Stats from last season: 7+6=13, -7 104 hits in 49 GP. That hit stat is sexy.
Scout's Take: Devo is a tank. His physical presence is always felt on the ice. He has good hands, and is a good finisher around the net. He has a HEAVY wrist shot that needs to be more accurate. There were early consistency issues, but he seems to have rounded that corner. He's a prototypical power forward.
Is he a work-in-progress, trade bait, or a keeper?: A keeper. Devo has only scratched the surface of his scoring potential. He was getting 12 minutes a game, and a limited amount of power play time, but still managed to throw together 13 points. It doesn't sound like a lot, but Devo was used primarily as a grinder and experienced a lot of fluctuation in his ice time and the situations in which he played. Not to mention, a serious injury forced him out of the lineup and he had to readjust to the NHL game. Overall, Devo offers a physical game with scoring potential and he's the perfect counterpart to Etem's high skill game. More importantly, Devo is a Duck. He embodies a bit of lost culture on the team. His effort alone makes him a night-in-night-out asset. DSP should be off limits in any trade discussion, because he has top six potential in a power forward package. That's not a combination that should be given up easily.