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Nicholas Schmaltz (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional ice hockey forward for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Schmaltz played collegiate hockey with the University of North Dakota team in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.[1] Schmaltz was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (20th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Schmaltz was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but grew up in Verona, Wisconsin.

Nick Schmaltz
Born (1996-02-23) February 23, 1996 (age 23)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  United States
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2014
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2016–present

Playing careerEdit

CollegeEdit

Schmaltz was ranked 19th by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau on their final list of the top draft-eligible North American skaters leading into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft[2] and he was projected to be a first-round selection.[3] He played junior hockey with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) from 2012 to 2014,[4] where in his first season he was named to the 2012–13 USHL All- Rookie Team.[5]

Schmaltz played with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, and won the 2016 NCAA National Hockey Championship as a sophomore. He ended his collegiate career and turned professional after signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on June 19, 2016.[6]

ProfessionalEdit

Chicago BlackhawksEdit

On October 12, 2016, Schmaltz made his NHL debut in the season opener against the St. Louis Blues.[7] He scored his first NHL goal on October 15 against Marek Mazanec of the Nashville Predators.[8] The Blackhawks reassigned Schmaltz to AHL on December 4 after he only recorded one goal and three assist in 26 NHL games.[9] While with the Rockford IceHogs, he tallied six goals and three assists.[9] The Blackhawks recalled Schmaltz on January 14, 2017.[9] His scoring improved, scoring five goals and 19 assists in 35 more games that season.

Arizona CoyotesEdit

In the 2018–19 season, on November 25, 2018, Schmaltz was traded by the Blackhawks to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome.[10] In January 2019, Schmaltz was sidelined for the remainder of the 2018-19 NHL season with what the Coyotes described as a major lower-body injury. It was later confirmed that Schmaltz had suffered a major knee injury.[11]

On March 30, 2019, the Coyotes announced they had reached an agreement for a 7-year extension with Schmaltz for $41 million, carrying an AAV of $5.85 million.

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2016 Finland
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
  2013 Břeclav/Piešťany
World Junior A Challenge
  2013 Yarmouth

Playing with the United States men's national ice hockey team at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, Schmaltz was named the tournament's most valuable player[12] as led Team USA to capture the gold medal.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Schmaltz is the son of Mike and Lisa Schmaltz.[14] He is the younger brother of Jordan Schmaltz, a first-round draft choice in 2012 by the St. Louis Blues who is currently in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.[15][14] He also has a younger sister, Kylie, who plays volleyball for the University of Kentucky[14] and a younger brother, Jake, who plays for Team Wisconsin u16.[16]

Schmaltz's father and uncles, Marc and Monte, played football while attending the University of North Dakota.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 11 1 3 4 2
2012–13 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 64 18 34 52 15 4 1 1 2 0
2013–14 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 55 18 45 63 16 4 1 2 3 17
2014–15 U. of North Dakota NCHC 38 5 21 26 12
2015–16 U. of North Dakota NCHC 37 11 35 46 6
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 6 22 28 6 4 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Rockford IceHogs AHL 12 6 3 9 2
2017–18 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 21 31 52 18
2018–19 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 23 2 9 11 6
2018–19 Arizona Coyotes NHL 17 5 9 14 2
NHL totals 162 34 71 105 32 4 0 0 0 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States IH18   5 5 3 8 2
2015 United States WJC 5th 5 0 1 1 0
2016 United States WJC   7 2 6 8 4
2017 United States WC 5th 7 0 3 3 2
Junior totals 17 7 10 17 6
Senior totals 7 0 3 3 2

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #18: Nick Schmaltz". jacketscannon.com. May 23, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings Feature 32 All-American Prospects Game Alums". USA Hockey. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "Nick Schmaltz Top 30 NHL Draft Prospect". frozenfutures.com. May 28, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "2014 NHL Draft Profile #24: Nick Schmaltz". Last Word On Sports.com. April 25, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "USHL Names 2012-13 All-Rookie Team". United States Hockey League. April 25, 2014. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Blackhawks sign Nick Schmaltz to entry-level deal". Chicago Blackhawks. June 19, 2016. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Lazerus, Mark (October 13, 2016). "Blackhawks rookies live together, work together, play together". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  8. ^ King, Scott (October 15, 2016). "Panik's hat trick, Schmaltz's first NHL goal boost Hawks". WGN Radio – 720 AM. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Hine, Chris (January 14, 2017). "Blackhawks recall center Nick Schmaltz from Rockford". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Coyotes Acquire Schmaltz from Chicago in Exchange for Perlini and Strome". NHL.com. November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Bekovic, Slavko (January 8, 2019). "Ex-Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz will miss rest of season with a knee injury". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "USA wins gold again at World Junior A Challenge; 4-1 win over Russia". The Vanguard. November 10, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "United States 7 - Switzerland 4". Hockey Canada. November 8, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  14. ^ a b c Mike G. Morreale (September 17, 2016). "Brothers Nick Schmaltz, Jordan Schmaltz face off". NHL.com. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Nick Schmaltz aims to follow in brother's footsteps". TheScoutingReport.org. June 14, 2014. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  16. ^ "Jake Schmaltz". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "NICK SCHMALTZ". undsports.com. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "Nick Schmaltz player profile". Green Bay Gamblers. May 16, 2013. Archived from the original on September 6, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. Hockey
  19. ^ "Schmaltz shines at the World Jr. A Challenge". TheScoutingReport.com. August 19, 2013. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  20. ^ "United States wins gold medal at 2013 World Junior A Challenge". Hockey Canada. July 13, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  21. ^ "St. Cloud State Captures 2016 Frozen Faceoff Title". NCHC Hockey. March 19, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2016.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Hartman
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2014
Succeeded by
Henri Jokiharju