A few days ago UD released the Young Guns checklist and since I haven’t done hockey posts in a while, get ready for a serious string of hockey posts as I break down the Young Guns from each team. This post is going to be dedicated to the Anaheim Ducks and their two Young Guns (cards numbered 201 and 202 of the 2011-12 Upper Deck Series I Hockey set), they are Devante Smith-Pelly and Maxime Macenauer.
He’s 19, and a pretty big boy at 6’2″ 211 lbs. He was taken in the 2010 NHL Draft in the second round 42nd overall pick. He comes to the Ducks by way of the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michaels. He was mainly selected due to his great 2009-10 season where in 60 games, he had 29 goals and 33 assists. He spent last year also on Mississauga where he did even better this time around in 67 games, he put up 36 goals and 30 assists along with a +/- of 49. This weekend he played in his 9th NHL game so it seems that he is going to stick with the Ducks for the immediate future. Currently after 9 games he has one assist and a +/- of -4, he is averaging 10-12 minutes a night.
He’s a bit ont he old side to be a “Young” Gun but still he makes his UD YG debut this year after being taken in the 3rd round 63rd overall in the 2008 Draft. The 22 year old center has put in his time not only in the QMJHL but also in the ECHL and the AHL. This season he cracked the Ducks lineup out of camp and currently has the only goal on the third or fourth lines. Through 11 games he has a goal and an assist with a +/- of 1.
A funny story about both of these guys surfaced not long ago. The two along with fellow rookie Andrew Gordon are in a hotel until they know if they are staying in Anaheim. They got bored and decided to see more of LA by renting a car. Turns out Smith-Pelly was too young (19), Gordon’s driving license had expired so that left only Macenauer, with his broken English to be the only one to be able to rent the car. So the question of how many Ducks does it take to rent a car? It’s three.