Ty Smith was named as the Western Hockey League's Defenseman of the Year on Wednesday at the league's annual awards banquet. Smith had 69 points in 57 games including seven goals and 62 assists. He ranked fourth in blueline scoring in the league despite not playing in 11 games.
"It means a lot to me. I'm really thankful to win this award, especially considering all the great defensemen in this league. I'm fortunate to be a part of this class," Smith said at the awards banquet today.
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The blueliner was also asked about playing in the World Juniors and Super Series and how that helped shape his game and raise his level.
"I'm pretty thankful to have taken part in those events. Every event I go to, I learn that I need to raise my compete level. If I want to play in the NHL one day that's something I need to continue to do."
Smith was drafted by the Devils in the first round of the 2018 NHL draft, 17th overall. He will now go head-to-head with Evan Bouchard of the London Knights and Charle-Édouard D'Astous of the Rimouski Océanic for Canadian Hockey League Defenseman of the Year later this month.