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Disappointment or not, how many people here honestly think that Chicago did NOT improve by trading for Sekac?

Sideways move IMO. I don't see the upside for either team.

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Disappointment or not, how many people here honestly think that Chicago did NOT improve by trading for Sekac?

I don't think they improved by adding Sekac. The only reason I can imagine anyone would think someone with 3 points in 23 games played is improving Chicago is because of their defensive game. Does Sekac possess a strong defensive game?

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Getting back on track - this is the DSP, not Sekac thread - it will be interesting to see what MB decides to do with Smith-Pelly.

On the one had you can say he's been a disappointment and unlike many young players he doesnt show a lot of flashes of upside - BUT - he is also a bit of a unique case.

He's one of those big players with speed who is very hard to knock off the puck. The biggest knock on him is his vision...which seems non-existent at times. so many think he's a lost cause... but, I think there's still a chance he turns into one of those rare players who finds a home in front of the crease and becomes a garbage goal specialist. They are rare - Dave Andreychuk, Tim Kerr etc - but when you get one, he becomes a hugely valuable part of your team.


I still believe thats what our scouting team felt like he could be - and still think he might - so it will be interesting to see if he continues to get given time to prove he can be that player or if we give up on him & send him packing.

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According to Mike Boone on his "about last night" blog, DSP had 0 hits last night.

0. Yep.

I really, really, really don't understand why he's in the lineup. I'm sure there are players in St. John's desperate for a chance to play in the NHL who would go out there and provide something - ANYTHING - for our bottom six.

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According to Mike Boone on his "about last night" blog, DSP had 0 hits last night.

0. Yep.

I really, really, really don't understand why he's in the lineup. I'm sure there are players in St. John's desperate for a chance to play in the NHL who would go out there and provide something - ANYTHING - for our bottom six.

Didn't Show Physicality.

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I think last night might have been his best performance as a Hab. He will be very effective for us if he can play like this consistently.

No question that if he can play like that he'd be a huge boost to the team & become an integral part but the questions that are raised are:

1) was the last game an aberration or can smith pelly actually play that well consistently

2) If it wasnt a fluke game (ie something he can sustain) then was it because of his linemates and/or assigments?

3) Is his increase in effectiveness enough that we should play specific linemates with him to get the most out of him, or do we just play him wherever we have holes.

It will be interesting to see how the next few games go. I suspect that last night was the type of game our scouting team were hoping to see from him consistently when they got MB to go after him (and give up sekac). Time will tell if its sustainable.

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lol....gotta love it

http://www.hockeyinsideout.com/news/habs-barberio-partnered-with-childhood-idol-markov

Smith-Pelly catches fire with Devils

Devante Smith-Pelly had only six goals in 46 games with the Canadiens before being dealt to the New Jersey Devils at the NHL trade deadline in exchange for Stefan Matteau.

But in his first five games with the Devils, Smith Pelly already had three goals and two assists.

Matteau, who missed Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury, has one assist in five games with the Canadiens.

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lol....gotta love it

http://www.hockeyinsideout.com/news/habs-barberio-partnered-with-childhood-idol-markov

Smith-Pelly catches fire with Devils

Devante Smith-Pelly had only six goals in 46 games with the Canadiens before being dealt to the New Jersey Devils at the NHL trade deadline in exchange for Stefan Matteau.

But in his first five games with the Devils, Smith Pelly already had three goals and two assists.

Matteau, who missed Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury, has one assist in five games with the Canadiens.

He's shooting at like 80% lol

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Geez, 6 goals and 9 points in his first 7 games with the Devils. Scored two more tonight and improved his S% to 42.9% according to NHL.com :lol:

I'm glad for the kid, always liked him but didn't think he was anything special.

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Was he coached wrong in Montreal?

Yes, but that has nothing to do with this. This is a run of exceptional shooting luck. Good for him, I hope it continues. But Michel Therrien was not keeping Devante Smith-Pelly from turning into the best shooter in the NHL's modern era.

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DSP has scored what could be the game-winner for NJ. Seven in nine games. Can't last, but still ...


Was he coached wrong in Montreal?

who wasn't

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think there's still a chance he turns into one of those rare players who finds a home in front of the crease and becomes a garbage goal specialist. They are rare - Dave Andreychuk, Tim Kerr etc - but when you get one, he becomes a hugely valuable part of your team.

I still believe thats what our scouting team felt like he could be - and still think he might - so it will be interesting to see if he continues to get given time to prove he can be that player or if we give up on him & send him packing.

Im not saying that what DSP has done in NJ is sustainable, but Im just saying that if lowly old ME can see that maybe it was worth trying to give him a clear role (go to the net) and the opportunity to do so before we gave up on him. New Jersey seems to have immediately identified what DSP's strengths are and played to that - rather than trying to take him and make him do stuff that doesnt necessarily fit with his skill set.

Funnily enough, its entirely possible that DSP's success may be the final nail in Therrien's coffin. Our scouting staff thought so highly of him that we would give up Sekac to get him and then Therrien does nothing to try to integrate his skill set into our game plan. We give up on him & he lights it up in NJ.

Keep scoring DSP!!

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Through 18 games, Smith-Pelly scored eight goals and 13 points. Contrast that with the six goals and 12 points through 46 games in Montreal prior to the trade, and he may have found a new home

Good for him

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