Ducks' Smith-Pelly making his presence felt

Devante Smith-Pelly of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars in the first...

Devante Smith-Pelly of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars in the first period during Game 6 at American Airlines Center on April 27, 2014. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

Now isn’t the time for Anaheim Ducks callup Devante Smith-Pelly to worry about establishing himself as an NHL regular.

If the 21-year-old wrecking ball can stay in the lineup during the Stanley Cup playoffs, though, you’ve gotta think he’s on the right track.

“You obviously watch the playoffs growing up and you see how intense and how physical it is, but you don’t know what it’s really like until you get a chance to experience it. It’s everything I expected and more,” Smith-Pelly said after Sunday’s morning skate in Dallas.

“It’s obviously a fun time to be playing, and I’m happy to get a chance.”

He’s making the most of it, scoring a power-play goal in first period of Game 6 on Sunday night, his first playoff goal.

When Smith-Pelly made the jump from the Ontario Hockey League to the NHL in 2011, it seemed the 6-foot right-winger from Toronto was primed for a permanent stay at hockey’s highest level.

Not so fast.


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