In the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks traded up to select center Nick Schmaltz.
Nick Schmaltz, C
Green Bay (USHL)
55 games, 18 goals, 45 assists
The Hawks traded up to pick in front of the Blues, sending an early third round pick to the Sharks to move up to 20. That’s of note because St. Louis selected his older brother, Jordan, in the first round of the 2012 Draft.
Ranked 30th by The Hockey News, who said “University of North Dakota commit may be the most skilled player in draft, but needs a linemate to lead him.” The Hawks have enjoyed great success with one North Dakota player (Jonathan Toews) and drafted North Dakota center Luke Johnson in the fifth round last year; last season’s North Dakota roster also featured defenseman Nick Mattson, a 2010 Chicago pick. Schmaltz is ranked 24th overall by Craig Button and 19th by Central Scouting (just ahead of MacInnis).
His brother, Jordan, is currently at North Dakota. He was named the 2013 World Junior A Challenge Most Valuable Player, and his 12 points (in four games) broke the previous scoring record of 11 shared by Kyle Turris in 2006 and Mike Connolly in 2007. Schmaltz is another college-bound player selected early by Bowman. His NHL.com profile lists his favorite team as the Blackhawks, and favorite player as Patrick Kane.