The New Jersey Devils have not had a very good 2018-2019 so far, but they do have something to look forward to and that is 18-year-old defenseman Ty Smith. He was the 17th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Smith is one of their top prospects and he was signed to a three-year entry-level deal with New Jersey during the offseason.
Smith was good during training camp and the preseason, but they decided to send him back to juniors. Ty Smith is having another excellent season with the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL. In 28 games, he has only scored three goals but Smith has recorded 36 assists so far this season. His plus/minus is 1.
One of the main reasons why he was drafted is because Ty Smith is a very good skater and puck distributor on the back end. Smith was impressive in the 2017-2018 campaign with 14 goals and 59 assists, in 69 games. His plus/minus was 44. In seven postseason games, he scored two goals and recorded five assists. Ty Smith’s plus/minus was five.
Smith was the sixth defenseman taken in the 2018 NHL Draft. He has the potential to be one of the top players in this draft class.
Ty Smith could very well be in a New Jersey Devils uniform by the 2019-2020 season. They don’t have a ton of depth on the blue line. Damon Severson, Sami Vatanen, and Will Butcher are their top three defenseman statistically, but they all have had a quiet season.
Smith would bring energy to the defensive unit and he could also be a very good number one defenseman on the power play. The New Jersey Devils are ranked 21st in the NHL so far this season on the power play at 17.8 percent.