NHL Draft Profile: Nick Schmaltz
Wednesday, 05.28.2014 / 12:00 PM ET / News
By Brad Friedman - BlueJackets.com
A leader with great vision and even better hands, Nick Schmaltz has been a maestro of the Green Bay Gamblers’ orchestra for the past three seasons.
Three seasons in Green Bay and three playoff appearances with no fewer than 66 points in the three campaigns. Everybody loves a winner and Schmaltz has proven himself as one of the top dogs on one of the best teams in the United States Hockey League (USHL).
The Wisconsin native’s winning ways have not been limited to the USHL. Schmaltz was a member of the USA U-19 squad that took the top spot at the 2014 World Junior A challenge, where he netted four goals and distributed eight assists in four contests.
Schmaltz, along with his brother Jordan, was part of a Green Bay squad that won the USHL's Clark Cup championship in 2011-12.
Schmaltz’s 79 assists are the most on the team over the past two seasons and his 45 helpers during the 2013-14 campaign placed him third in the USHL in that category. Schmaltz was named to the USHL all-rookie team in 2012-13, and he was also selected to the USHL All-Star team this past season.
Elite collegiate programs have taken notice of Schmaltz’s performances in the USHL, and he has signed on to play at powerhouse University of North Dakota.
Here’s what Elite Prospects had to say about Schmaltz:
“Schmaltz possesses good vision, shows good quickness and a strong ability to read the play in the offensive end. While he can also play in his own zone, Schmaltz's quick hands and ability to move in tight make him an attractive package.”