Nick Schmaltz
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Nick Schmaltz

Hometown:

Verona Wisconsin

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-02-23

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

1st round (20th overall), 2014

Weight:

170 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Nick Schmaltz skated for the Chicago Mission U16 midget team in Illinois. In 32 games he scored 19 goals with 35 assists and had 22 penalty minutes. Schmaltz participated in USA Hockey’s Select 15 Festival in July 2011.

2011-12: Schmaltz made his USHL debut — skating in 11 games with the Green Bay — and played for the Chicago Mission U16 team. He also played for the USA U16 team in the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +7 with 2 penalty minutes in 11 USHL games and scored 23 goals with 23 assists in 25 games for Chicago Mission. Schmaltz was one of three players to lead the USA with six points at the YOG. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes in six games. The USA lost to Canada, 7-5, in the bronze medal game. Schmaltz was selected by Windsor in the fourth round (76th overall) of the 2012 OHL Priority Draft despite making a commitment to join his older brother Jordan at the University of North Dakota in 2014-15.

2012-13: Schmaltz was one of four players to skate in all 64 games for Green Bay and was the Gamblers fourth-leading scorer as a 16-year-old. He scored 18 goals with 34 assists and was +2 with 15 penalty minutes. The defending Clark Cup champions finished second in the East Division and lost to Youngstown in a first round series. Schmaltz scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 in four playoff games.

2013-14: Schmaltz led Green Bay in scoring in his second USHL season and skated for the USA at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and 2013 World Junior A Challenge. He scored 18 goals with 45 assists and was minus-3 with 16 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games as the Gamblers finished fourth in the Eastern Division. Schmaltz scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-1 with 17 penalty minutes in the four-game playoff series with eventual Clark Cup champion Indiana. Schmaltz led all scorers with five goals in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and his eight points were tied for second behind Canada’s Spencer Watson (10). The USA lost to Canada, 4-0, in the gold medal game. The USA finished first at the 2013 U19 World Junior A Challenge and Schmaltz scored 2 goals with 4 assists, finishing plus-2 with 8 penalty minutes in six games. He participated in the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in September and was ranked 19th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. Chicago selected Schmaltz in the first round (20th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Schmaltz joined his older brother Jordan at the University of North Dakota and had 26 points in 38 games for the Fighting Sioux as a freshman. He played for the USA U20 team in the 2015 World Juniors along with fellow Blackhawks’ prospects Tyler Motte and Anthony Louis. Schmaltz scored 5 goals with 21 assists and was +3 with 12 penalty minutes for North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux finished first in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season, falling 3-1 to St. Cloud State in the NCHC semifinals and 5-1 to Denver in the third-place game. North Dakota received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, defeating Quinnipiac and St. Cloud State by identical 4-1 scores to capture the NCAA West Regional before falling 5-3 to Boston University in the Frozen Four semifinals. Schmaltz was +2 with 1 assist and no penalties in five games for the USA at the WJC. The USA finished fifth, losing 3-2 to Russia in the quarterfinals.

Talent Analysis

Schmaltz is a talented two-way forward. He is an excellent playmaker with terrific hands; he makes crisp passes and is adept at finding open seams. His playmaking ability is his prime asset but he does a good job of finishing plays. Schmaltz is continually improving in his own end and plays a sound and strong defensive game. He utilizes his stick quite effectively in all three zones, whether in creating plays or taking away time and space. Schmaltz is gifted at using his stick handling skill to control the puck in tight spaces.

Future

Schmaltz returns to the University of North Dakota for his sophomore season in 2015-16 and is a candidate to play in his second World Juniors tournament with the USA U20 team in Finland in January. After playing a key role with the Fighting Sioux as a freshman, he will have added responsibility with a new coach and several losses due to graduation. Long-term he projects as a scoring forward capable of consistently generating offense and his continued improvement in his own end has been impressive.

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