I've watched McKenzie and R. Smith play a handful of games, and Reilly Smith was so much more impressive late in the season. However, the team's comments about Guptill are pretty impressive as well. Same can be said about the numerous comments about Klingberg from the developmental camp as well.
I don't know if to go with the seemingly higher upside of Guptill, the numerous comparisons of Klingberg to Larsen, the pro-style game of McKenzie, or the obvious superior skill of Smith.
Miami’s a hell of a program with a great coach. I have a good feeling about McKenzie and Smith coming to Texas with excellent defensive play. Also, I think I should trust what I’ve seen over what I’ve read at this point. I’ll go with:
Reilly Smith gets the vote because he outplayed McKenzie when it mattered most. When McKenzie was missing a game as punishment for poor play, Reilly was contributing on Miami’s best line as they pushed for a National title. He may not have the two-way play yet, but I think he’s in the best possible position to get stronger and better defensively. My gut says that Smith also has a better sophomore season than McKenzie (offensively).
Anyway, I voted McKenzie. His enthusiasm for the defensive side of hockey in Mark's latest profile won me over, though I was leaning his way already. Sometimes I don't think we appreciate how big of a deal it is for a prospect to even make the NHL, nevermind one from the way back in the 6th round. He's got a good chance to do just that, even if his ceiling isn't the highest.