NHL Draft 2018: Devils select defenseman Ty Smith at No. 17 in 1st round

The Devils selected defenseman Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL with the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft on Friday at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Smith is the first defenseman taken by the Devils in the first round Authentic NFL Cheap Jerseys of a draft since they took Adam Larsson fourth overall in 2011.

The 5-10, 176-pound left-handed blue liner comes in undersized, but he projects to be a 200-foot defenseman at the NHL level. He finished second in the WHL in points by a defenseman last season when he went for 14 goals and 59 assists for 73 points.

He’s just got to keep working at it and that’s the biggest thing that he does, said new receivers coach Adam Henry. He comes in early, he works hard, he’s taking notes. He’s doing the little things, learning the route techniques, things of that nature, just doing the things that he does well and expound on that and tweaking some things. But mentally just being in there. He’s champing at the bit. He wants more, so it’s just progression each and every day.

Duffy had reached when he hit a hard grounder that nailed Sabathia’s side and dribbled toward first base. Sabathia tried to get creative, sliding on his knees and flipping the ball to first baseman Greg Bird. It went over Bird’s head and into shallow right field, letting Duffy reach second. It was scored a hit and and error.

As the NHL game develops into a smaller, faster game dictated by skill over physicality, size has become less of an asset for defenseman.

The Devils don’t have any defensive prospects in their who Cheap NFL Jerseys USA stand over 6-2, and the Devils aren’t shy about using them at the NHL level. They targeted 5-10 Sami Vatanen in a midseason trade in 2017-18, and he quickly stepped in as the Devils’ top defenseman.

(Smith’s) an undersized blue liner, which is not crazy these days, Wagman said. But the interesting thing about Smith, he’s going to profile as a 200-foot defenseman and not just as a power-play quarterback like you sometimes see with those little guys.

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