Drafted by the Whalers with the fifth choice in 1994, the 6'1" 195-pounder didn't reach the 20-goal mark in his first four seasons but had 25 goals last year. As of Sunday he had 29 this season.
Drafted by Edmonton with the sixth choice in 1994, the 6'1" 195-pounder scored 39 goals in 1996-97, but he has settled into being a solid 25-goal-a-year man. As of Sunday he had 22 this season.
The Verdict: Smyth is tougher in the slot, but O'Neill has greater versatility, and his steady progress makes him the one we want.