The 21-year-old forward finds himself on the first line with Anaheim stars Corey Perry and
Smith-Pelly, summoned from minor-league Norfolk, Va., in early April, scored a regulation goal and the shootout winner April 12 to help the Ducks clinch the top seed in the Western Conference in a win over the Kings.
In the playoffs, he scored twice, including a final-minute goal that sent the Ducks to overtime in Game 6 of the first-round playoff series they won over Dallas.
Saturday, while John Gibson was in the midst of a 28-save shutout in his
Of Gibson, Smith-Pelly said, "Saw that on a nightly basis -- six shutouts with like 35 saves [in Norfolk], so that was nothing new," as the goalie's Game 4 performance evened the series two games apiece.
"Me just knowing his personality, I knew he'd be all right. He never gets rattled. Almost like it's just another game ... he's so relaxed."
As for Smith-Pelly's own contributions, he said he's letting NHL MVP finalist Getzlaf and 2011 MVP Perry "play their game ... if I tried to play like them, I probably wouldn't do too well. I
just put my stick on the ice and waited" on the Perry assist.
"Good head on his shoulders, can make plays, and played center, right wing and left wing in Norfolk," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said of Smith-Pelly. "Good hockey IQ. ... There's a trust factor. We know [he's] going to do a good job."
Smith-Pelly said he shares similar thoughts with Gibson about the upgraded demands of moving from the minors to the