NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have signed first-round draft pick Ty Smith to a three-year, entry-level contract.

General manager Ray Shero announced the signing Monday of the defenseman who was the 17th overall pick in the recent draft.

The 18-year-old Smith had 14 goals, 59 assists and a plus-44 rating in his second season with Spokane of the Western Hockey League. His assist and point totals were the second highest in the league among defensemen. They include a franchise-record seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in a game in February against Prince George.

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