Nick Schmaltz | RW Green Bay | USHL
Height: 5’10” Weight: 170 Shoots: Right
Born: February 23, 1996
2011-2012 GP: 11 G: 1 A: 3 P: 4 +/-: 7 PIM: 2
2012-2013 GP: 64 G: 18 A: 34 P: 52 +/-: 2 PIM: 15
|Schmaltz will be joining his older brother, Jordan at the|
U of North Dakota in the fall of 2014 (Photo Credit: NHL)
Nick Schmaltz had a great opportunity during his first stint with the Green Bay Gamblers during the 2011-2012 season. Although it is rare for USHL teams to make trades, Green Bay completed a blockbuster deal that brought in Nick’s older brother, Jordan. That year, the Schmaltz brother’s were part of the Clark Cup winning Green Bay Gamblers. Jordan was also drafted 25th overall by the St. Louis Blues that year, before leaving Green Bay for the University of North Dakota. Since then, without his brother, Nick has continued to excel with the Gamblers.
Schmaltz is at his best when he is creating offense for his team. Much like his brother Jordan, Nick posses great hockey sense. With great vision, he has a strong ability to read the play in the offensive zone. And while he projects more as a playmaker, with great hands and creativity, Schmaltz is very strong, one-on-one.
Considered a powerful skater, Schmaltz has a great mix of quickness, mobility and fluidity in his stride. More of a flashy player than others, he brings in a great offensive game and has that knack for being a clutch guy. Trying to model his game after Pavel Datsyuk though, Schmaltz recognizes a need to improve his play in his own zone.
He spent the summer engaging in a strenuous training program to build up strength, but still has some work to do in order to round out his game. And despite the need to improve his play away from the puck as well, it will be hard for teams to overlook his ability on the powerplay.
The younger Schmaltz has gotten off to a good start this season and will look to continue his offensive output as he tries to keep pace with his older brother. Nick will be following Jordan to the University of North Dakota and even has the potential to exceed Jordan’s benchmark of 25th overall.
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