Anaheim Ducks trade for Montreal's Jiri Sekac

February 24, 2015

The Anaheim Ducks are starting to fine-tune their roster for a playoff run, as the team today acquired left wing Jiri Sekac from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for right wing Devante Smith-Pelly.

The deal is essentially a swap of young players, as both are just 22 years old.

Sekac, a 6-2, 195-pound winger, has appeared in 50 career NHL games with Montreal, scoring 7-9=16 points with 18 penalty minutes (PIM) this season. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 8, 2014 at Toronto.  Sekac recorded his first career multi-point game (1-1=2), November 8 versus Minnesota, and his first career two-goal game December 12 versus Los Angeles.

A native of Czech Republic, Sekac appeared in 47 games with HC Lev Praha of the KHL last season, collecting 11-17=28 points. He also added 1-7=8 points in 21 postseason games with HC Lev Praha. He has played internationally for his home country on several occasions, including the World Junior Championship in 2012 (six games, 0-3=3 points) and World Championship in 2014 (10 games, 2-0=2 points).

Smith-Pelly is a physical player who has scored 14-26=40 points in 129 career NHL games with Anaheim. Drafted in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Smith-Pelly has 5-12=17 points in 54 games this season, but has been mired in a scoring drought lately.

By Staff of and news services

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