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2018-19 Rink Wrap: Devante Smith-Pelly

From Backstrom to Wilson, we’re taking a look at and grading the 2018-19 season for every player who laced ‘em up for the Stanley Cup Champion Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2019-20. Next up, Devante Smith-Pelly.

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Key Stat: After being placed on waivers and landing in Hershey, Devante Smith-Pelly had six goals and eight assists through 20 games for the Caps’ farm team. Smith-Pelly’s shining moment with Hershey was in a 5-3 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack, where he scored a hat trick and extended his personal point streak to three.

The Good: With the previous points in mind, it is hard to take positives away from this season as Smith-Pelly’s time with the the Caps ticks down. Though a demotion to the minors is a hard pill to swallow after a tremendous cup run, it was likely to Smith-Pelly’s benefit to play quality minutes and score some goals.

This very well might be Smith-Pelly’s last rodeo with the Capitals. If that is the case, he leaves as a well-loved member of a Cup-winning team and someone who left a positive mark on the community.

The Bad: After Smith-Pelly’s heroics during the Capitals’ cup run and decision to take a bargain deal to return to the team, it is hard not to feel down on this season. Through 54 games played with the Capitals, Smith-Pelly registered just eight points. Smith-Pelly had a less than stellar training camp, and never seemed to quite catch his stride with the Capitals this season.

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The Discussion: With Smith-Pelly’s one-year deal with the Caps expiring this summer, and the front office sounding none too enthusiastic about re-signing him, it seems very unlikely that DSP will be in D.C. next season. Under what circumstances would you want to re-sign Smith-Pelly? What would it take for you to give him a ‘10’ next season?

Other Smith-Pelly Season Reviews: RMNB

The Vote: Rate Smith-Pelly below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season - if he had the best year you could have imagined him having, give him a 10; if he more or less played as you expected he would, give him a 5 or a 6; if he had the worst year you could have imagined him having, give him a 1.


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