After dropping an opening-day overtime loss to Finland at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the USA bounced back on Day 2 to take a 4-2 victory over Russia. One of the scoring stars in that game for Team USA was forward Nick Schmaltz, who netted a goal and chipped in two assists for a three-point game.
Schmaltz, who is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, is coming off of a productive first full season in the USHL that was spent playing for the Green Bay Gamblers. In 64 games for that team, the Verona, WI native scored 18 goals and added 34 assists for 52 points.
Schmaltz has one more season in the USHL before heading off to the University of North Dakota. He is already on the radar for next year's draft, with ISS Hockey viewing him as potential second round pick at this early stage of the season. Schmaltz should already have some idea of what it takes to get the attention of NHL scouts as his brother Jordan was chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues.
Schmaltz spoke with Hockey's Future following the USA's win over Russia, a conversation that is captured in this HF video.
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