North Dakota’s Nick Schmaltz Named Honorable Mention All-NCHC

Blackhawks prospect forward Nick Schmaltz was named Honorable Mention All-NCHC by the coaches and athletes in the conference last week.

Schmaltz, the Blackhawks’ first round pick (20th overall) in 2014, has eight goals and 32 assists in 31 games this season for North Dakota. He was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team after the 2014-15 season, and missed some time this year to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships.

4 thoughts on “North Dakota’s Nick Schmaltz Named Honorable Mention All-NCHC

  1. I believe he plays center but does he also play left wing? What about Tyler Motte? Isn’t he a center too? With the emergence of Schmaltz and Motte, it seems the front office could swallow the thought better of trading Dano.

  2. I saw Schmaltz play in person here in Omaha a few weeks ago. He made a few beautiful dangles at the blue line and picked his spots when he went into the corners. He did not take many key face offs that night.

    His game has matured in that he does not chase the puck all over the ice, as often happens in college. He plays for a very structured, big strong, fast, north/south team in North Dakota. His body has also become more solid in the last year alone.

    If North Dakota goes far in the NCAA tourney, I believe he will want to come out and sign with the Hawks. They lost in the frozen 4 last year. Also keep in mind Stan Bowman recently said during a podcast, that the Hawks brass generally wants the player to decide he wants to come out early, they do not like to have to convince somebody to leave college.

    If I were a betting man, I would say Schmaltz signs with the Hawks in April.

  3. Schmaltz has a good chance to be a top 6 forward. He is a good one! Dano has been playing well of late. Lets hope the Hawks are planning a parade in June otherwise alot of these moves will be hard to swallow.

  4. The Bowmans have a long term plan too. Keep the best of the best prospects and find gems where other organizations do not/or at where their behind us in line.

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