Ty Smith is re-asserting his position as the best defenseman in Canadian major junior hockey.
The 19-year-old from Saskatoon, Sask., was sent back to the Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs on the eve of the Devils season opener. His first week back in Spokane saw him pick up WHL player of the week honors and he has settled in at a point-a-game pace through seven games (4A, 3G).
"Things are going good," said the 19-year-old, "we have had some injuries, waiting on some guys to return and are .500. When we start to get back (to full strength) I think we'll be where we want to be."
The Chiefs are not currently featured in the Canadian Hockey League's top 10 rankings but generally considered to be a WHL contender, especially after Smith was returned.