Devante Smith-Pelly (right) has been one of several young Ducks players who has had the opportunity to learn under legend Teemu Selanne. (Photo courtesy of Ray Carlin/Icon SMI)
When Teemu Selanne was first shooting pucks out of the air in celebration and lighting it up in his own record-smashing rookie season, rookie Devante Smith-Pelly was still macking mashed peas and rocking Huggies.
But this season, the 19-year-old neophyte Smith-Pelly and the ageless Finnish Flash Selanne shared a bond on the Ducks bench.
Photo: Defenseman Justin Schultz had a fantastic junior season with the University of Wisconsin, managing 16 goals and 28 assists in 37 games. (Photo courtesy of David Stluka/Icon SMI)
The Ducks have not been terribly aggressive in free agency or the trade market of late, but that may be a result of their burgeoning depth at the lower levels of the organization. Anaheim has stashed talent in many corners of the hockey world, building a system replete with skill and speed.
Swedish forward Rikard Rakell and his teammates weren’t even born the last time that Sweden won a gold medal at the World Junior Championship. But Rakell was one of the players that helped the team earn their first gold medal at that tournament in 31 years as they defeated Russia in overtime to win the 2012 WJC. Rakell picked up five points and pumped 35 shots on goal during the tournament, his first appearance at this event.
Rakell talked about winning the god medal following Sweden’s win over Russia. Read more»