2018 NHL Draft Profile: Ty Smith

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Another draft profile, another defenseman. Ty Smith is the last of the major defensemen that could go in the top-ten without a team going off the board early. Smith is coming off a monster sophomore season with the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL, putting up a line of 14-59-73 in the notoriously high scoring league.

The 5’10”, 180 lb defenseman’s best asset is his skating. I know we say this a lot here, but nowadays teams need defensemen who can skate, and do so at an elite level. Smith is one of those elite skaters. His combination of acceleration, top speed, balance, pivoting, and agility is nearly unmatched in the draft.

As with most of the other defensemen in the top-ten, Smith’s skating ability is enhanced by his awareness and hockey IQ. His transition game throws off the opposition, allowing him time and space to make the appropriate reads on the rush. This vision makes him a dangerous option on the powerplay, as he can blow by penalty killers with relative ease.

Smith is a natural powerplay quarterback. His reads are at an elite level, which makes his distribution that much more accurate. He never panics with the puck, eluding pressing defenders with relative ease before making accurate passes. Penalty killers also need to respect his shot, which is both hard and accurate.

In the defensive zone, Smith’s IQ again plays a pivotal role. He is rarely caught out of position, and his reads are top-notch. Couple that with his skating –sensing a theme yet?– and you have a potentially elite defender who can anchor a penalty kill.

Smith’s potential is a #1 defenseman. He seems destined for a long career because his greatest assets –skating and IQ– are those that last the longest in a forever changing game. Smith is captain and franchise defenseman material.

"2018 NHL Draft Profile: Ty Smith", 5 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.

32 thoughts on “2018 NHL Draft Profile: Ty Smith

  • May 16, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Not the biggest guy out there, but what he lacks in size he more than makes up for with talent.

  • May 16, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Smith scares me because he didn’t impress at U18, while that Spokane team was stacked up front. As he matured, the D got better, but not next level better. The scoring jumped up, but so did it with his group of 5(a lot of that age based.)

    Was he driving it, or along for the ride?

    Still doesn’t scare me like Boqvist.

    • May 16, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      Agree on both points.

  • May 16, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Still hoping that if Wahlstrom hasn’t been picked thru the 6th pick, we make a deal to move up a few spots to grab him.

    • May 17, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Wahlstrom is a player, and I would really like to see us move up to get him. I just don’t want to see us go down the Carolina route.

  • May 16, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Get the best player you can at 9 and use the Cap space to buy a stud or 2.
    Playoffs without the Rangers is killing me!

    • May 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      One CUP in 75 plus years is what really should be killing you. Like a lot of FANS stop with wanting to be entertained and want a CUP winning team.

      • May 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm

        Why can’t I have both? Buy or trade for a #1 forward and a # defender.
        Draft a few kids to backfill and you have both.

        Without a few top 3 picks in a few drafts, you cannot build a winner with just drafted kids. No McDavid, no Cup.

        • May 16, 2018 at 3:22 pm

          I think the Blackhawks did just that. They drafted Keith, Seabrook. Hjalmarsson, Byfuglien, Toews, Kane, Crawford. They made trades along the way, but they drafted them self to prosperity, So yes it is doable, but it takes time. Toews and Kane were in the top 3 picks. None of the rest.

          We have tried buying a cup since 1940 and won once. So in 78 years, the buy a team strategy has not been a success. A lot of drafting, some UFA’s and maybe a trade or 2 is what is is going to take. And we need to be patient.

          I can make a similar argument with the Kings too. Even the Bruins. They missed the play offs a few years as they were a bubble team. Kept their core and drafted the pieces they needed.

          With a hard salary cap you need to balance UFA’s with ELC’s if you want to be competitive inside the cap. You also can’t trade away your first’s 4 years in a row and think there will not be consequences in the future. Like it or not parity in the league is working. And you’ll see that more pronounced over the next few years. All the teams who were good when we were are slowly worsening and teams who were bad are now good.

          • May 16, 2018 at 4:23 pm

            Our core isn’t good enough! We cannot wait 3 years with guys like Krieder and Zinbad and Hayes. The time to strike is now, and add quality free agents and youth thru the draft. Only Andersson and Chytil probably make the club on the offensive side anyway – the rest of the forwards we have or draft are a year or more away. By then who knows. Buy the best available younger free agents!

            • May 16, 2018 at 4:34 pm

              which Free agents are you going to add? Kovalchuk, Taveres and Van Riemsdyk? that’s $6mill +$10mill +$6 mill. That’s $22 mill. (more than 1/4 of an $80mill cap space) Our estimated available cap space is about $30mill (assuming an $80 mill cap)and we have 5 RFA’s to sign. Now what? Our core isn’t good enough? Maybe but it’s our core. And that’s the hand we are working with. We made choices in the past that are effecting us today.

              Also, where are all these young free agents? The only way you get young UFA’s is if they get drafted, go to college and refuse to sign with the team who drafted them. Then you hope they want to sign with you. Or you go to Europe and find undrafted players. It’s not a real good strategy.

    • May 17, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Go sit in the corner and eat a banana while the rest of us talk about viable strategies for making the team better.

  • May 16, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    He sounds like another Pionk, we have two PP-QB’s in Shatty, and Pionk. I’d go for another player with our first!!!!!

    • May 16, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Walt we also ADA who is more talented then Pionk and sounds just like all these other defensive man except Dahlin.

      • May 16, 2018 at 1:43 pm


        Brain fart on my part. Hope that kid gets a real chance under a new coach to see what he really can do!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • May 16, 2018 at 6:14 pm

          Uh, we saw what he can do last year. Playing defense is not about talent; it is about consistency, about staying focused.

          • May 16, 2018 at 9:17 pm

            “Playing defense is not about talent”—another utter howler of a remark. Tell that one to players like Doughty, Hedman, Letang, Lidstrom, Leetch, Coffey, Stevens, Keith, Byfuglien, etc. Give me a freaking break.

      • May 16, 2018 at 6:10 pm

        ADA may have more natural talent but his hockey IQ is weak. pionk is a much better player.

        • May 16, 2018 at 6:31 pm

          Pionk is a player, for sure.

        • May 16, 2018 at 6:38 pm

          ADA needs some more development time. He has the skills and seems to have learned to manage his temper on the ice. We’ll see if the club invests the time in him or not. It will depend whether they see enough up side I imagine.

          • May 16, 2018 at 7:06 pm

            They will certainly do something. Even if they can’t trade him and view him as a washout, he still has a year left on his ELC. Like they always do in such circumstances, they coach him and play him and hope they are wrong because he is still one of their assets. Goodness knows Gilmour came a lot further than they expected a year ago.

  • May 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I would rather draft Hayton,Kotkeniemi or Veleno rather than than him
    A get of Dobson in 1st Lundkvist or Bahl in 2nd and it’s a beautiful thing as far as D men go

  • May 16, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    I want a team, not stat men who light up the score sheet and nothing else. Spread the ice time with no jealousy involved.
    I am not a believer of line 1 and 1st pairing D rankings but fan of 4 lines and 3 D pairings.
    lines should have purpose
    Line A and B offensive
    Line C defensive
    Line D specialty/ energy
    All players interchangeable on O
    D should be
    1 puck mover 1 crease clearer rotating minutes
    I don’t want 1 defenseman playing 25 minutes per

    • May 16, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      In a perfect world

    • May 16, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Much easier said than done, unfortunately.

  • May 16, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    I don’t have a good pulse on this kid. But I feel like there will be better options for us at #9.

  • May 16, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I don’t know enough about many of these young players to state an opinion most of the time. However, it seems that those who say that this is a fairly deep draft are correct. I think it will be hard to make a bad choice and easier to get lucky with someone who exceeds expectations than it has been in recent drafts.

    We all know that prospects don’t always pan out. But, the Rangers will be selecting a few this draft in the early rounds which would seem to make their chances of scoring better.

    Now, where did I put that rabbit’s foot…

  • May 17, 2018 at 6:04 am

    I guess JA Marchessault, former property of the Rangers, was too small also, as he tears it up for Vegas on their way to possibly winning the Cup.

    Vegas’ formula? Tenacious forechecking pressure and good goaltending. Their forwards are creating havoc for the opponents’ D men.

    The Rangers should take note.

    So if Tavares is not an option then getting top wingers is. If Kovy is in the fold and JVR is a possible signing, adding to what the Rangers already have, then their centers could be enough for them to compete. Another quality D man would help.

    • May 17, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      Remember the good old days talking about JAM?

      • May 17, 2018 at 3:50 pm

        Hey pal, would we want him now? lol

    • May 17, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Vegas also uses Karlsson on his off hand to tee off on 1 timers. Putting players in a position to succeed: what a concept!!

      Buffalo will put Dahlin on the left side, wonder why he doesn’t show his skill set.

  • May 17, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Massive reach. If the Rangers use a #9 pick on Ty Smith I will have ZERO hope for the future of this team.

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