Nick Schmaltz Invited To WJC Training Camp

On Monday afternoon, USA Hockey released a list of the 29 players selected to the preliminary roster for the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. Among the 16 forwards invited is Blackhawks prospect Nick Schmaltz.

Schmaltz, 19, was the Hawks’ first round pick (20th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. During his sophomore season at North Dakota, Schmaltz has racked up three goals and 21 assists in 18 games, and ranks among the national leaders in points and assists.

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held from Dec.26-Jan.5 in Helsinki, Finland. The final 23-man roster is expected to be named by Dec. 24 after training camps at Boston University and in Vierumaki, Finland.


5 thoughts on “Nick Schmaltz Invited To WJC Training Camp

  • December 7, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Also saw today that Forsling was invited to Sweden’s WJC camp.

  • December 8, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Pleasantly surprised at the start Schmaltz is having this season. Hope he keeps it going and earns a spot on the WJC team.

  • December 8, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Trying to think back-you have to back to the Toews-Seabrook era to have the Hawks having truly impact NHL players coming from the North American teams. (I don’t think Kane played in WJC) Hopefully TT will one day be a difference maker coming from that tournament and Kruger has been a solid NHLer.
    The Hawks have had the Danaults, Clendenings and Johns but it’s been somewhat barren for several years.

  • December 8, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I don’t get to see a lot of College/CHL… So really like to watch the WJC… to see what Hawks have and others…

    Cden/Saad played USA… That was where I 1st saw Cden as Meh… Saad, on the other hand, was very good and “Overachieved” in my eyes…

    TT- was very good… and you could see his smarts/IQ/hands…

    Danault and McNeill- really invisible for Canada

    Hino/Hartman/Hayden/Motte/Louis/Schmaltz- recently…
    Liked Hino, Liked Motte… think both can play in NHL some day…
    Louis- tons of speed- But probably too small
    Hayden??? great size/physical/ My only question is he fast enough to make the Jump/and be effective- or is he Mashinter slow???

    Schmaltz- you can see the great hands/but I really didn’t like his effort/compete level… Rumors are he has tried to work on D and build lower body strength…
    Hopefully he has-but I wasn’t sold on his tenacity (or lack of)… Hope I am wrong on Schmaltz- and he was just “Observing/Learning the pace”- but seemed to just “watch sometimes..

    Same time saw Larkin (as Schmaltz)… kid is FAST… but also Tenacious!!!

    Olofsson and Forsling should make team Sweden… Love Olofsson, size and skates very well for bigger kid!

  • December 8, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I read Forsling was invited to Sweden’s WJC camp, but didn’t see anything regarding Olofsson. Was Olofsson invited too?

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