Blackhawks Recall Nick Schmaltz

On Saturday afternoon, the Blackhawks looked to add a little offense to their NHL roster through an internal promotion.

Forward Nick Schmaltz was recalled from Rockford and will join the club in time for Sunday’s game against Minnesota. Schmaltz, who will turn 21 on Feb. 23, totaled nine points (six goals, three assists) in 12 games with the IceHogs after being sent down by the Hawks. He has one goal and three assists in 26 NHL games this season.

Schmaltz was the 20th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Blackhawks have two forwards on their fourth line – Andrew Desjardins and Jordin Tootoo – who have yet to register a point this season in 27 and 34 games, respectively.

14 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Nick Schmaltz

  1. There,s a good looking L.W. playing between 17 and 20 mins a game for the Habs ,.,.,Danault is his name . 6 points in last 5 games . Crying over spilt milk but , i liked that kid .

  2. Schmaltz will be a good NHLer in time. Maybe we all have to take a breath here and understand that we have an elite core but not an elite team at this point and rather than make short term moves with rentals giving up on draft choices like Scmaltz may get us through a round in the playoffs but not back to a championship. With an older core now more than ever we need quality players around them. We gave away Dannault for a cup run and I given his play in Montreal I don’t think anyone would tell me we are better off with Kruger rather Danault today. Let’s get this ship ready for a cup run next year or the year afterwith a great supporting cast.

  3. This is a huge game tonight that may set the tone for the direction this team goes the rest of the season. As far as playing the old worn out veterans I’ve seen enough, lets play some of the kids and put a breath of fresh air into this team. It’s time to move away from Desi, ToToo, and Rosival and let the Forsling, Motte and Schmaltz kids give it a try, those older guys have done nothing.

  4. At some point you have to commit to reloading and just stick with it. It would have been happy to have done it last year (I’m just speaking for myself here and not saying the club made the wrong decision).

    I watched the Habs play the Rangers last night. Pirri scored for Rangers (but he can shoot the puck and thats’ about it. No loss there). Shaw made an ass of himself with a real cheap blindside hit which saw him tossed out (and after earlier taking a penalty with Rangers scoring on ensuing PP). Danault on the other hand was very, very good. Three assists. Nine of twelve in the dot. Solid on the PK. I have followed him since he was in the Q and it was always pretty certain he would have an NHL career, but he is just looking so good. I pull for him because I have always liked him, but I get a bit of a sick feeling too realizing we let him get away.

  5. Jordy- Danault- watched him several times in Rockford… he always came to play… and carried play… even though McNeil/C-den/Morin scored more… Danault was always the guy who jumped out as tenacious and carried play/pushed tempo… Beast on the boards in AHL

    TT and Hino- also were noticeably better versus other Hogs… TT/vision… Hino/just way faster/quicker than mot.

  6. Smart to have 8/64/42/young guys in Rockford. We bank way moar cap space for deadline and towards player bonus. These guys got plenty of games in the 1st 40 games and time in Rockford is good for development strategy, even if which ever guy is better then which ever guys now.

    We have to bank space. Those guys being there, playing full min in top 6 type roles/more game situations, I like and will cover a lot of the player bonus. Have one guy a time when needed/wanted and role with 21 on 23man for as much as possible.

    I didn’t like Danault trade because I really like him. krugs is a top 5 checking line center/actually 1 of the 2 best in league. Goals and pts are important (really a bonus for cking line centers) but not as much as shutting down/not just play good the other teams top lines. If hes a top 5 checking line center/and in Olympics type games in 4/5 yrs from now, then. I would love to see Danault on a line with 16 and 70.

    Overall I am very happy with tuff decisions the organization has made for making the roster better every yr then it would have been by sitting this one out because were not as stacked as we were in 2010 or 2013 (which are two of the top teams in the history of hockey). Theres a way to make roster better and reload and I would bet on Bowman coming out of this in good shape for now and coming yrs.

    LA wasn’t as deep in ’12 (they were in 13/14) and PIT (other then when beat red wings and when BOS put them in their place. Hadnt done anything until that yr) wasn’t as deep in ’16 as the top 5 teams in hockey but had top 5/or better cores and by not sitting this one out were rewarded by winning the Stanley Cup.

    I would like to keep core and reload (since we have been loading up on good prospects Dcat/Shalunov/Forsling and good guys like 57/72/6/?). Also want to make roster better when ever we can at any point in time.

  7. Saw DeBrincat play for the 2nd time in a week. No doubt he is talented, and is able to slow the game down at the OHL level, but this will be very different in the NHL. He is playing with Strome and Raddysh so he has lots of options-really good hands and vision–likes to shoot and good but not great speed. Since Strome has come back he is playing all his time on left wing (a right shot)
    Also saw Knott play live-good news is that he is filling out that big frame, but his foot speed is average at best in the ‘O’. He’ll look slow in the NHL unless that improves. He plays 2nd line center for another really good team-Windsor,

  8. The Danault trade hurt at the time and still stings, but the Hawks felt he was expendable because they had Schmaltz coming (and under control beyond this season). When you’re in the position the Hawks are – read: going for it every. single. year. – guys like Danault, Dano, Dahlbeck get traded for the sake of NOW vs later.

  9. Hindsight is always 20-20. You have to go for The Cup when you have a legitimate shot. Not to do so betrays your fans and players. When you make a trade you have to give up something that may hurt – otherwise you can’t expect much in return. No pain – no gain is the old cliche. Quit looking in the rearview mirror.

  10. Do Montreal or Carolina have any cups recently? That’s what I thought? For a chance at yet another, the trades were worth the risk.

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