PROBLACK HOCKEY BLOG
On february 18 2017, Smith-Pelly played in his first game since January 31st. Specifically, Smith-Pelly scored eight goals in 18 games. After a trade with the Montreal Canadiens, the Devils signed Pelly to a two-year, $2.6 million deal. It seemed like after years of untapped potential, he finally found his stride with the Devils.
Coming into tonight’s contest, Smith-Pelly scored two goals in 43 games. He was supposed to be a scoring threat in the bottom six, instead he was just a liability. It seems like he was more motivated Saturday night against the New York Islanders than he has been for a big part of this current season. He found himself in the lineup after Mike Cammalleri was a surprise healthy scratch. While one would think Cammy would return to the lineup Sunday, it would be really hard not to find a place for Smith-Pelly after his performance.
The Devils of New-Jersey needed every single chance they got and if Smith-Pelly can continue to make his own chances like he did on february 18 2017, he can finally pull through like the Devils thought he would all season.