Devante Smith-Pelly is now heading to Hershey, a little more than 24 hours after being placed on waivers by the Washington Capitals. Smith-Pelly officially cleared waivers at noon on Thursday. Senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced the re-assignment today.
The move was made to make room for Carl Hagelin, who was officially acquired from the Los Angeles Kings, immediately following Smith-Pelly officially clearing waivers.
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Smith-Pelly, 26, has recorded eight points (4g, 4a) in 54 games with the Capitals this season. Since joining Washington in 2017-18, Smith-Pelly has 24 points (11g, 13a) in 129 games.
Smith-Pelly collected 16 points (7g, 9a) in a career-high 75 games with the Capitals last season. During the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup run, the 6’, 223-pound forward was tied for fourth on the Capitals in goals (7) and scored in three-straight games in the Stanley Cup Final against Vegas. Additionally, Smith-Pelly scored the series-clinching goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against Columbus. In 48 career playoff games, Smith-Pelly has 13 goals, and his 0.27 goals per game rating is tied for the 47th-highest in the NHL among active players with at least 45 career playoff games.
Smith-Pelly has recorded 101 points (44g, 57a) in 395 career NHL games with Anaheim, Montreal, New Jersey and Washington.
Smith-Pelly was drafted by Anaheim in the second round, 42nd overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft.