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The Scouting Report: Nick Schmaltz

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 10:53 AM / Features
By Brad Boron  - chicagoblackhawks.com
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The Scouting Report: Nick Schmaltz
The Blackhawks made nine selections in the 2014 NHL Draft, adding six forwards and two defensemen and a netminder. But how are the newest Blackhawks viewed around the league and by the scouting community?
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The Blackhawks made nine selections in the 2014 NHL Draft, adding six forwards, two defensemen and a netminder. But how are the newest Blackhawks viewed around the league and by the scouting community?

chicagoblackhawks.com took a look at what the draft experts had to say about the Blackhawks' selections, and will bring you their reports this week. Today's prospect: center Nick Schmaltz, taken 20th overall by Chicago.


The Blackhawks made nine selections in the 2014 NHL Draft, adding six forwards and two defensemen and a netminder. But how are the newest Blackhawks viewed around the league and by the scouting community?

chicagoblackhawks.com took a look at what the draft experts had to say about the Blackhawks' selections, and will bring you their reports this week. Today's prospect: center Nick Schmaltz, taken 20th overall by Chicago.

ESPN's Corey Pronman: "His puck skills and pure creativity allow him to make a lot of defenders miss and allow him to create scoring chances at times when it doesn't look like there is an opportunity. Schmaltz has pretty good possession skills as well. 'He can own the puck during a game,' said one NHL scout. Schmaltz isn't the biggest guy in the class, so he needs to bulk up and play less bashfully in battles."

NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory: “He's a dynamic offensive player. He's really good at making you think the puck will be taken away from him, but he has such quick hands and can skate with it at full speed and then pull it away from you at full speed.”

SI.com: “Love his hockey sense. Excellent on-ice vision. Pinpoint passer with a high panic threshold. Always seems to do the right thing. One of those players who makes everyone around him better. Great team player. His teammates rave about him. Loves to compete. He's a long-term project. I have concerns about his strength. The kid's a gamer but I have serious doubts about his [offensive upside]. Probably not going to be a big scorer at the next level.”

Eliteprospects.com: "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."

NHL.com: "The University of North Dakota recruit can skate with the puck at full speed and make big plays. The brother of St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Schmaltz had 18 goals, 63 points, 10 power-play goals and four game-winning goals in 53 games. Will become a future fixture down the middle for Chicago."

North Dakota coach David Hakstol: "Nick is a supremely gifted and talented player who will come in and improve our overall skill level immediately. He’ll have every opportunity to contribute right away. His development will be on the physical side and improving his two-way game to become a more complete player.”

Blackhawks scout Mike Doneghey: "He can make plays and he makes players around him better. He processes the game quickly and he’s going to be a good player... He loves to have the puck, and he’s creative with it. He has the puck most of the game when he’s on the ice. I think he’s going to be a second-line guy. Going to North Dakota, they may start him on the wing, but in time the coach believes he’s going to be a good center... I’ve talked to Nick a lot, just sitting with him—he’s a focused, driven kid. Quiet kid, but when you put him in our room, guys will flock to him, and he’ll fit right in with that group."