Tim Schaller
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Tim Schaller


Merrimack New Hampshire

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Free agent signing, 2013


209 lbs.

Probability of Success
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2007-08: Tim Schaller played 44 games for the New England Junior Huskies in the EJHL. He scored 8 goals with 25 assists and had 33 penalty minutes.

2008-09: Schaller was a team captain for the New England Junior Huskies in his second season. In 45 games he scored 16 goals with 23 assists and had 54 penalty minutes. The Huskies reached the EJHL playoffs and Schaller had 1 assist in two games. In January he committed to playing college hockey at Providence in 2009-10.

2009-10: Schaller played 33 games for Providence in his freshman season. Centering the third and fourth lines, he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -3 with 40 penalty minutes. The Friars finished last in Hockey East; winning ten games.

2010-11: Schaller was the fourth-leading scorer for Providence in his sophomore season. Skating on the Friars top line with junior Andy Balysky and sophomore Chris Rooney, he scored 5 goals with 14 assists and was -4 with 36 penalty minutes. Providence finished ninth in Hockey East, one point behind Massachusetts for the final playoff spot.

2011-12: Schaller led Providence with 14 goals in his junior season despite missing 12 games due to a bout with mononucleosis. He had 7 assists and was -3 with 24 penalty minutes in 26 games. Six of his 14 goals were scored on the power play. Providence reached the Hockey East playoffs, finishing seventh, and defeated second place Massachusetts-Lowell in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual national champion Boston College, 4-2, in the semifinals.

2012-13: Schaller skated in all 38 games for Providence as a senior and led the Friars with 15 assists. He scored 8 goals and was +6 with 61 penalty minutes. Providence was one of the big turnaround stories in college hockey – finishing tied for fourth in Hockey East under first-year coach Nate Leaman. The Friars defeated New Hampshire in a three-game quarterfinal series before falling to Massachusetts-Lowell, 2-1, in the Hockey East semifinals. Schaller signed a two-year entry-level contract with Buffalo as a free agent in March, 2013.


Talent Analysis

Schaller is a forward who excels on defense. Recruited as a defenseman by at least one NCAA program, Schaller has very limited offensive abilities. He does not have the hands to become a playmaker and his shot is average. Though he challenged himself to be a better offensive player in his junior and senior seasons, the results were pedestrian. Schaller is a staple on the penalty kill and possesses good hockey sense.


Schaller’s uses are limited due to his lack of offence, but he can be a solid contributor on defense. He projects to be a marginal bottom six player and will spend the 2013-14 season in Rochester.

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