Jordan Schmaltz

by Dobber Sports on March 7, 2017

Jordan Schmaltz - photo courtesy: USA TODAY Sports Images

Jordan Schmaltz, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 190

Born: 1993-10-08

Hometown: Verona, WI

Drafted: 2012 by St. Louis Blues, 25th Overall

 

Observations:

March 2017 - After the departure of Kevin Shattenkirk, Jordan Schmaltz finally received the call he's been hoping for and suited up for his first NHL game this past Sunday against Colorado, the last of the 2012 Draft first rounders to do so. Schmaltz saw just over 15 minutes of ice time across 20 shifts, threw two hits and finished with a plus-one. Brad Phillips

 

February 2017Over the past season and a half, Schmaltz has proven to be an effective point producer at the professional level. After averaging just over 0.5 points per game in his rookie AHL season, and pacing all Chicago Wolves defensemen with 36 points, he's cruising along at a slightly better pace this year. Through 39 games this year Schmaltz has registered three goals and 19 assist which is third most among the team's defenders. Four years after being drafted in the first round, we're still for him to make an appearance in the NHL. In fact he's the only 2012 first rounder that has yet to play a game. But if the Blues end up trading Kevin Shattenkirk at the trade deadline Schmaltz would be at the top of the list to be called up. Brad Phillips

 

May 2016 – Schmaltz turned in a very good first professional season with the Chicago Wolves. He was always a fantastic NCAA point-producer at University of North Dakota, but he seems to have translated it to success in the AHL as well. Jordan notched 30 assists in his first year with the Wolves, and played in 71 games. Very good offensively, but his lack of defensive awareness will need to improve before he’s trusted by Ken Hitchcock.  Matt Kowalski

 

May 2015Schmaltz has signed a three-year pro contract with the St. Louis Blues, giving up his final year of collegiate eligibility. The timing is interesting as UND coach, Dave Hakstol recently decided to take an offer with the Philadelphia Flyers. It will be interesting to see if Schmaltz will make the Blues roster to start the season. The Blues are expected to make some roster changes, so there could be an open roster spot. He will play for the Chicago Wolves if he does not find a spot with Blues. Matt Kowalski

 

May 2015 – Schmaltz signed a pro contract with the Blues, forgoing his final year of college. The depth of the Blues will keep him in the AHL for the majority of next season, but he'll get cups of coffee with the team. He's earmarked for a successful NHL career and it won't take him long. He still needs add weight to his 6-2 frame. Dobber

 

February 2015 – Schmaltz has been making good progress while attending the University of North Dakota. It sounds like he will attend all four years of his eligibility at UND, so it may be a few years before he makes his debut for the Blues. Formerly a forward, Schmaltz is a converted defenseman so he projects to play a strong offensive game from the blue line. The Blues probably hoped that he would have posted some higher point totals at UND, but he does log a lot of minutes and is near the team lead in blocked shots. He has good size and strength to play at a higher level and offensive production is expected of him from organization. Matt Kowalski

 

February 2014 – Schmaltz has already eclipsed his point total from a year ago after just 23 games. At this point he is developing as expected and could be a decent point-producing fantasy option in a few years. Eric Daoust

 

June 2013 – Schmaltz played his first season at the University of North Dakota. He finished with 12 points in 42 games, good for fifth among team blueliners. The numbers are not outstanding but it is not uncommon for defensemen to develop at a slower pace. He is still extremely talented and possesses all of the tools to become a quality pro but is at least a couple years away from being NHL-ready. Brendan Ross

 

June 2012 – Schmaltz, drafted 25th overall by St. Louis, owns the offensive skill set to become a top pairing powerplay defenseman. He handles the puck with confidence and can find his teammates with lightning quick passing. Schmaltz has a hard accurate shot that finds the net with good accuracy. Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook:   B+

Schmaltz’ offensive upside is among the best of this draft class as he has very good offensive upside, in terms of fantasy value.

 

 

Footage:

Schmaltz unleashes a rocket.

 

 

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