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Fantasy Summary

Top-six defenseman with a bit more seasoning.


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June 2020 – Managing just one assist in six appearances with Bridgeport, the 26-year-old former first-round pick and current UFA has virtually no chance of landing another contract with the Islanders’ organization. Mark Allan

February 2020 – The former 25th-overall pick has never lived up to first-round expectations. Dropped by the Blues after three mostly-in-the-AHL seasons, Schmaltz was acquired by the Islanders at the trade deadline as a depth defenseman in case of injuries. He had some success in the AHL, but was a frequent healthy scratch with St. Louis before a lacklustre campaign in Toronto’s organization. He’s been especially unimpressive since a concussion near the end of the 2017-18 schedule. Now 26, he likely won’t be back after becoming an RFA in the off-season. Mark Allan

February 2020 – Schmaltz has been traded from Toronto to the Islanders.  Jokke Nevalainen

October 2019 – Frankly speaking, Schmaltz looked bad in Leafs training camp and pre-season, and has passed through waivers unclaimed on his way to the AHL Marlies. He remains a call-up option should injuries arise, but unless he can step up his game in the minors, he has not earned himself that privilege. He needs to play at a higher pace and with fewer errors if he wants to keep his NHL aspirations alive. Hayden Soboleski

July 2019 – Schmaltz has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Andreas Borgman.  He fills a team need as a right-handed shot, and could fight for a 3rd-pairing spot on the Leafs this fall. The 2018-19 season was a disappointing one for the 25-year-old who was once again unable to lock down a full-time NHL role. He did not put up fantasy-relevant numbers at the NHL or AHL level (in 20 and 36 games, respectively), and despite being a flawed stat, his minus-22 in the AHL does not inspire confidence. He has been leapfrogged in the Blues organization but has a better opportunity in the short-term in Leafland. Hayden Soboleski

March 2018- Jordan Schmaltz has found himself in the NHL a tad more then last season. Having played 10 games Schmaltz has only one point to his name. That doesn’t mean Schmaltz hasn’t been effective on the ice. He plays a bit more quiet game, one where nothing is earth shattering but rarely does Schmaltz put his team in a terrible position. Having starting the season with an upper body injury, Schmaltz started the year with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. The 2012 first round pick has put up 23 points in 31 appearances for the Rampage, the offensive side of his game just hasn’t transitioned to the NHL yet. A bit more patience should be shown when looking at Schmaltz’s overall game. Josh Epstein

March 2017 – After the departure of Kevin Shattenkirk, Jordan Schmaltz finally received the call he’s been hoping for and suited up for his first NHL game this past Sunday against Colorado, the last of the 2012 Draft first rounders to do so. Schmaltz saw just over 15 minutes of ice time across 20 shifts, threw two hits and finished with a plus-one. Brad Phillips

February 2017 – Over the past season and a half, Schmaltz has proven to be an effective point producer at the professional level. After averaging just over 0.5 points per game in his rookie AHL season, and pacing all Chicago Wolves defensemen with 36 points, he’s cruising along at a slightly better pace this year. Through 39 games this year Schmaltz has registered three goals and 19 assist which is third most among the team’s defenders. Four years after being drafted in the first round, we’re still for him to make an appearance in the NHL. In fact he’s the only 2012 first rounder that has yet to play a game. But if the Blues end up trading Kevin Shattenkirk at the trade deadline Schmaltz would be at the top of the list to be called up. Brad Phillips

May 2016 – Schmaltz turned in a very good first professional season with the Chicago Wolves. He was always a fantastic NCAA point-producer at University of North Dakota, but he seems to have translated it to success in the AHL as well. Jordan notched 30 assists in his first year with the Wolves, and played in 71 games. Very good offensively, but his lack of defensive awareness will need to improve before he’s trusted by Ken Hitchcock.  Matt Kowalski

May 2015 – Schmaltz has signed a three-year pro contract with the St. Louis Blues, giving up his final year of collegiate eligibility. The timing is interesting as UND coach, Dave Hakstol recently decided to take an offer with the Philadelphia Flyers. It will be interesting to see if Schmaltz will make the Blues roster to start the season. The Blues are expected to make some roster changes, so there could be an open roster spot. He will play for the Chicago Wolves if he does not find a spot with Blues. Matt Kowalski

May 2015 – Schmaltz signed a pro contract with the Blues, forgoing his final year of college. The depth of the Blues will keep him in the AHL for the majority of next season, but he’ll get cups of coffee with the team. He’s earmarked for a successful NHL career and it won’t take him long. He still needs add weight to his 6-2 frame. Dobber

February 2015 – Schmaltz has been making good progress while attending the University of North Dakota. It sounds like he will attend all four years of his eligibility at UND, so it may be a few years before he makes his debut for the Blues. Formerly a forward, Schmaltz is a converted defenseman so he projects to play a strong offensive game from the blue line. The Blues probably hoped that he would have posted some higher point totals at UND, but he does log a lot of minutes and is near the team lead in blocked shots. He has good size and strength to play at a higher level and offensive production is expected of him from organization. Matt Kowalski

February 2014 – Schmaltz has already eclipsed his point total from a year ago after just 23 games. At this point he is developing as expected and could be a decent point-producing fantasy option in a few years. Eric Daoust

June 2013 – Schmaltz played his first season at the University of North Dakota. He finished with 12 points in 42 games, good for fifth among team blueliners. The numbers are not outstanding but it is not uncommon for defensemen to develop at a slower pace. He is still extremely talented and possesses all of the tools to become a quality pro but is at least a couple years away from being NHL-ready. Brendan Ross

June 2012 – Schmaltz, drafted 25th overall by St. Louis, owns the offensive skill set to become a top pairing powerplay defenseman. He handles the puck with confidence and can find his teammates with lightning quick passing. Schmaltz has a hard accurate shot that finds the net with good accuracy. Brendan Ross

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4
NHL Certainty 2.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 8, 1993
Height 6‘2”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted 2012 Round 1; Overall: 25

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2006-2007 Chicago Mission 13U AAAT1EHL 13U31 12 1123 4|        
 2007-2008 Chicago Mission 14U AAAT1EHL 14U29 6 1420 20|        
 2008-2009 Chicago Mission 16U AAAT1EHL 16U25 3 1013 33|        
 2009-2010 Chicago Mission 18U AAAT1EHL 18U39 10 2131 30|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP11 2 02 0|        
  Sioux City MusketeersUSHL2 0 00 4|        
  USA U17WHC-176 1 01 0|        
 2010-2011 Sioux City MusketeersUSHL53 13 3144 22|Playoffs3 0 11
  USA U19WJAC-194 0 11 2|        
 2011-2012 Sioux City MusketeersUSHL9 3 36 9|        
  Green Bay GamblersUSHL46 7 2835 20|Playoffs12 2 57
  USA U19WJAC-195 0 11 4|        
 2012-2013 Univ. of North DakotaNCAA42 3 912 31|        
 2013-2014 Univ. of North DakotaNCAA41 6 1824 12|        
  Univ. of North DakotaGNW Showcase- 0 11 -|        
 2014-2015 Univ. of North DakotaNCAA42 4 2428 8|        
 2015-2016 Chicago WolvesAHL71 6 3036 24|        
 2016-2017 St. Louis BluesNHL9 0 22 4|Playoffs1 0 00
  Chicago WolvesAHL42 3 2225 22|Playoffs8 1 45
 2017-2018 St. Louis BluesNHL13 0 11 6|        
  San Antonio RampageAHL31 5 1823 20|        
 2018-2019 St. Louis BluesNHL20 0 22 2|        
  San Antonio RampageAHL36 1 89 20|        
 2019-2020 Toronto MarliesAHL37 2 1113 24|        
  Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL6 0 11 2|        

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