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Road to the NHL Draft: Nick Schmaltz

By John Vogl

Nick Schmaltz

Position: Center

Junior team: Green Bay (USHL)

Born: Madison, Wis.

Measurables: 6-foot, 172 pounds

2013-14 stats: 55 games, 18 goals, 45 assists, 63 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 19 (North America)

Lowdown: Schmaltz hopes to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Jordan, who was selected in the first round by St. Louis in 2012. Either way, they should make an impressive forward-defense combo at the University of North Dakota next season.

Schmaltz is ready to head to college after an assist-filled year in the United States Hockey League. The center has attracted attention with his pinpoint passing. His vision and hockey sense allow him to repeatedly set up his linemates. He’s quick enough to find openings of his own.

Schmaltz has the skills to play a two-way game, but there have been questions about his willingness to do so. While he’s quick, he’s not strong on his skates.

They said it: “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.” – David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.


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