Thursday, 26 February 2015

Ducks defenceman François Beauchemin comments on the Sekac for Smith-Pelly trade.

François Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks on L’Antichambre, is asked for his thoughts on Devante Smith-Pelly:
“Very good teammate, everyone got along with him, he has a very good attitude, he was ‘up and down’ this year, going to Norfolk of the AHL, lately had been in the NHL. He’s the kind of guy who can play on all four lines, depending on the situation. He has offensive talent, he played a few games with Getzlaf and Perry and it went well. Like every young player he isn’t consistent, he spent some time on the second, third and fourth lines. He’s able to score goals, play aggressively, deal out hits, and skates well.”

Vincent Damphousse asks him about his greatest quality and his biggest area for improvement:
“When he skates and involves himself physically, as I said he played on the top line, when does that, play physically, skate, shoot, go to the net, he’s a guy at his size, he’s hard to stop. What he needs to work on is his consistency. Young players like him sometimes struggle with their consistency and work ethic, they need a pat on the back and examples to follow, the way to work and be ready for every game. That’s what he needs to work on.”
Denis Gauthier asks what awaits Jiri Sekac with the Ducks:
“I think they’ll try him with Perry and Getzlaf right away, since the start of the year we’ve been searching for a left winger for those two. Almost the whole team has had a shot at that spot and it hasn’t worked out for more than a couple of games, and then a change would be made. A tall LW like him with speed, able to score goals, I think he can complement them well.
Gaston Therrien asks a meandering question about opinions and critiques on social media, and whether the Ducks are a better team with Devante Smith-Pelly (!):
“I think we have other players who can do the same job, so that’s why we could spare him, really we have a lack of speed, we have other players who have large size, play physical like him, what we needed was a leftie with speed to play with Perry and Getzlaf and I think we filled that need today.”

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