There are statistics for hits, blocked shots and ice-time, but in any thorough analysis, there isn't really a number that gives an accurate reading of "toughness" or "endurance".
Devante Smith-Pelly's four goals and seven points through 35 games with the Anaheim Ducks don't provide the most complete representation of the character he's displayed as a 19-year old in the NHL. It would have been natural for a less "tough" teenager to succumb to the rigors and demands of a rookie season interrupted by inconsistent team play, a coaching change, a broken bone at World Juniors, and the battle to compete with veterans for ice time and a prominent role on a team charging for a playoff spot late in the season's second half.
Instead, the former second round draft pick has fit right back into the Anaheim lineup like a missing puzzle piece, providing the intangible services of a forechecking, boards-savvy manchild.
He may not turn 20 until June, but the 6-foot, 211 pound right wing does much...