UPDATE: at 5 pm CST the Blackhawks announced Schmaltz has signed a three-year entry-level deal.
A few short days after trading Teuvo Teravainen to unload Bryan Bickell’s contract, the Hawks may have brought signed a player to replace him.
Some rumblings today that CHI signs Nick Schmaltz from UND. Neither team no advisor responding to texts
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 19, 2016
Source says the Blackhawks have signed North Dakota F Nick Schmaltz. No contract details yet.
— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) June 19, 2016
Schmaltz, 20, was the Hawks first round pick (20th overall) in 2014. In his sophomore season at North Dakota, Schmaltz scored 11 goals with 35 assists in 37 games. North Dakota won the NCAA Championship this spring.
Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman spoke about Schmaltz specifically in the wake of trading Teravainen.
Bowman on Schmaltz: "He has some dynamic skills similar to Teuvo and he’s not entering the last year of his deal. Hasn’t even signed yet."
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) June 16, 2016