With the closing deadline for NHL trade comes closer in less than a week, Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks had a swap deal with Jiri Sekac heading to Anaheim and Devante Smith-Pelly the other way.
Sekac, a 22 year old winger having 16 points out of 50 games for the Habs, is not properly fitting in the plan of Head Coach Michel Therrien. The Habs felt the presence of a tougher man in the bottom of their lineup. Smith-Pelly who has 17 points out of 54 games is believed to solve the problem for the Habs. Having only 12 penalty minutes in this season, Smith-Pelly is considered a ball of energy on ice. Smith-Pelly has already played in 129 NHL games in his young career while switching between AHL and NHL. Nevertheless, he became a full time NHL player this year. Scoring 5 goals in just 12 games, Smith-Pelly was also regarded as a outstanding performer in the playoff matches for the Ducks last year.
Although Jiri Sekac is considered to be a better offensive player, Smith-Pelly does fit pretty well with the current system of Head Coach Therrien. He will also match well with Montreal Canadien’s good team speed.
This is one of those small deals that will benefit and balance both the teams before the deadline runs out.