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08-16-2011, 05:35 PM
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Devante Smith-Pelly will make the Ducks

The guy just turned 19 and is eligible to be back in junior, but I am predicting right now that the makes the Ducks roster for this season. I think it's a perfect combination of player readiness and team need.

The Ducks have a ton of talent in the top half of their roster, but things thin out fast, especially on their 3rd and 4th lines. As it stands now, they could look something like this in their top 6:

Bobby Ryan-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Jason Blake-Saku Koivu-Teemu Selanne*

*is still unsigned


After that things get pretty silly with guys like Cogliano and Parros assured jobs. People like Macenauer, Bonino, MacMillan, Gordon, Jacques etc fighting for spots with young guys like Etem, Smith-Pelly and Palmieri.

Smith-Pelly might be young as a 19 year old but his game fits exactly what they need on the 3rd line. He's a very hard worker, he hits like a truck, he's responsible defensively, he can kill penalties or play the PP and he will provide key offense as a depth player. I think he sticks as this is basically a perfect fit. Hell, if Selanne doesn't re-sign I could see both him and Etem on the roster this year.

This is one of those predictions that I enjoy making because it's not a huge gamble, but it's also definitely not assured. It's like when I predicted RNH to the Oilers in February!

So, what do you think?

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"Might" would be a better word. Please, don't keep piling up the hype, this guy is starting to get overrated.

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McMillian would have to have a terrible camp to not make the big club. He was considered the best player in our bottom 6 last year.

After that thought it is anyone's guess.

Cogs likely has a spot as does Parros. There are still 4 forward spots between a lot of people:

Bonino
Belesky
Sexton
Gordon
Palmeiri
Smith Pelly
Holland
Etem
Maceanuer
Maroon

He will need to have a fantastic preseason to stay up. Carlyle is notorious for protecting his rookies early in their carears.

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Top 9 will look like this

Ryan-Getzlaf-Perry
Blake-Koivu-Selanne
McMillan-Cogliano-DSP/Palmieri

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He could make the team. The Ducks are definitely going to give him a shot at a bottom six spot. I'm also interested in what you guys might think his ceiling is, is the offense there for him to be a Brenden Morrow type player?

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08-16-2011, 06:48 PM
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The Ducks didn't let Getzlaf, Perrry, or Ryan jump right into the lineup.

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08-16-2011, 06:55 PM
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The Ducks didn't let Getzlaf, Perrry, or Ryan jump right into the lineup.
Cam Fowler says hi.

And I agree, I think he's got a great shot at making the Ducks.

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08-16-2011, 07:48 PM
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I've been thinking this since the Mem Cup. It's too bad as a Majors fan because he'd be a great trading chip. Best of luck to Devo.

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I agree. Actually after seeing him at last year's rookie camp...well I can't find it but I said he'd be contending for a spot this year.

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Cam Fowler says hi.
Did he say anything else?

Maybe the Ducks learned from their mistake then!

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.ph..._corsi_rating/

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Did he say anything else?

Maybe the Ducks learned from their mistake then!

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.ph..._corsi_rating/
Linking something that is complete crap? Doubt he watched Fowler play at all and just looked at his +/-. Or watched that many Ducks games at all, Fowler was the best defenseman with whoever he was paired with. His partners were crap.

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Did he say anything else?

Maybe the Ducks learned from their mistake then!

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.ph..._corsi_rating/
That article is complete crap, it's obvious the writer didn't watch Fowler play more than a few games because most of what he wrote is ********. I'm going to trust my own eyes and Randy Carlyle's opinion a hell of a lot more than some moron who didn't watch Fowler play who used statistics that don't paint a true picture of Fowler's ability.

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Not really a bold prediction. He is an NHL skilled player already whether he makes the team or not.

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I hope he does. I've liked him since the CHL top prospects game in 2010. If he indeed make the team, then that means Bournival will be on WJC for sure

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Needs to have 1 more year of OHL where he can dominate again

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Needs to have 1 more year of OHL where he can dominate again
66P in 67GP is dominating the OHL?

Maybe dominating physically is what you meant to say.

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He's going to get the 9 game look and that will determine if he's staying up. Sbisa had the same look in 09-10 with some saying he would make the club, then he got sent down, so anything is possible.

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Cam Fowler says hi.

And I agree, I think he's got a great shot at making the Ducks.
Hi Cam

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The Ducks didn't let Getzlaf, Perrry, or Ryan jump right into the lineup.
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Smith-Pelly is physically ready to play against men, but I don't see how having him play a full season working on the fine details & other aspects of the game and gaining confidence dominating against his peers would be bad for his development.

ANA has other guys (i.e. Palmieri) that may deserve a shot over him just based on age & maturity. It's somewhat akin to Eakin playing in the WHL this year -- sure, he could have made the Caps, but going back to juniors and dominating did wonders for him.

As good as DSP is, he hasn't "outgrown" the OHL. If Selanne retires, it may be a different story.

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66P in 67GP is dominating the OHL?

Maybe dominating physically is what you meant to say.

I believe like 36G last year in those 67GP and then he went on to score 15G in 20GP on his way to the memorial cup.

Plus the dude smash`s people like nobodies business.

That`s domination... he scores goals and he hits with a purpose and a lot.

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I'd return DSP to the OHL if I was running things in Anaheim. Yeah sure, he's one of those kids who at 19 could probably survive in the NHL. I don't think he'd be a difference-maker, though. Whoever else they have auditioning for lineup spots to fill out their roster (Palmieri, Maroon, Bonino?) is probably going to be capable of making approximately the same impact (and likewise not be difference-makers).

DSP is physically mature and has a great work ethic, but it's true that he still hasn't dominated offensively. He played on a balanced, systematic team, and his individual stats weren't eye-popping. He has a few more skills than he was able to show, he could use his release and shot to even greater effect, learn to use some of the time and space his hustle and phyiscal determination give him to make more creative plays. I'd think if I wanted to push the envelope on his upside as a player, I'd return him to junior and let him develop that side of his game further. Being "able to play in the NHL" doesn't automatically mean that that's the best place for him. Maybe the OHL is, maybe it isn't either, but I'd sure keep that option in mind and not decide on anything prematurely.

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I understand the part about returning to the OHL to "have another year of dominating" his peers. I just think that this will be a situation where he absolutely forces the Ducks hand. He will play too good in training camp for them to put him down.

I understand there will be a ton of competition for those few spots, I just think that he is primed to stand head and shoulders above those other players. That's the essence of the prediction.

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I could see him definitely make the team as a 3rd line checking forward.

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For me, it will likely come down to one of DSP and Palmieri. I also like DSP's chances but Palmieri probably has the upper hand here.

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For me, it will likely come down to one of DSP and Palmieri. I also like DSP's chances but Palmieri probably has the upper hand here.
Looking at the players alone, that's probably correct. However, there's a few factors around it that will have an impact on how things turn out. The first thing is the role that player will have to fill, which will - most likely - be the wing spot on the third line with MacMillan and Cogliano. While the Murray/Carlyle want that line to generate more offense than the recent third line combinations did, I feel Palmieri would fit better on a second line type, and DSP might fit a little better there. No problem if anyone feels different about that, obviously.

A bit of another factor is the prospect of having Holland and Palmieri anchor Syracuse's top line this season together and develop some chemistry playing against men. The comparision to Getzlaf/Perry seems obvious in that regard, and both could be up for some heavy NHL duty as soon as one year from now.

It's going to be very interesting.

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