Matt Schmalz

Hometown:

Dunnville Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1996-03-21

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-6

Acquired:

5th round (134th overall), 2015

Weight:

209 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Matt Schmalz skated for the Southern Tier Admirals minor midget AAA team in Ontario. He scored 23 goals with 18 assists and 40 penalty minutes in 35 games. Playing for the Admirals in the OHL Cup he scored 1 goal with 14 penalty minutes in four games. Schmalz was selected by Kitchener in the first round (17th overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft. 

2012-13: Schmalz began his OHL career with Kitchener, skating in 25 games with the Rangers before being acquired by the Sudbury Wolves in January 2013 as part of a multi-player trade. He scored 1 goal and was -3 with 8 penalty minutes in limited ice time with Kitchener. Schmalz scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +4 with 13 penalty minutes in 24 regular season games for Sudbury. The Wolves finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Schmalz scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. 

2013-14: Schmalz skated in 66 regular season games and five playoff contests for the Sudbury Wolves in his second OHL season. He scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was -23 with 60 penalty minutes during the regular season. Sudbury was second behind North Bay in the Central Division, falling to Barrie in a first-round playoff series. Schmalz was -2 with no points nor penalties in the series against the Colts. 

2014-15: Schmalz finished tied with Kyle Capobianco with 40 points, trailing only Wild prospect Pavel Jenys (45 points) for the scoring lead for Sudbury. Playing for a Wolves team that had the league’s worst record, winning just 12 games, he led Sudbury with 24 goals and had 16 assists, finishing -57 with 68 penalty minutes in 66 games. In his second year of draft eligibility, Schmalz was ranked 167th in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Los Angeles in the fifth round (134th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Schmalz has played a two-way role for Sudbury in his fourth OHL season. Playing for a Wolves team that had the league’s second-worst record ahead of only rebuilding Guelph, he has played a lower line role for Sudbury and topped his previous high of 16 assists. 

Future

Schmalz spent his fourth season in the OHL in 2015-16, skating for the Sudbury Wolves. A long range prospect whose size and demeanor suggests he can be a valuable lower line checking forward, his skating and overall skill set are still developing at this point. Yet to sign a contract with the Kings, he will be old enough to begin his pro career in 2016-17 but is likely to return to the OHL for an overage season.

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