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08-26-2012, 10:41 AM
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What was Alex Pietrangelo in 2008?
No, I'm not saying that Schmaltz definitely = Pietrangelo, but the Blues' scouting staff has a good track record of finding quality defensemen in spots where the "conventional" wisdom might think otherwise.
Pietrangelo was an elite Junior, with a well-rounded game. Schmaltz has a big deficit in the defensive zone. That is not to imply that he
improve that part of his game and become a solid NHL defenceman with super offensive skills. But, he has a MUCH farther way to go than did Pietrangelo. He should be compared more to a "Steve Duschene" type, or, loosely, perhaps, to Rundblad. I don't think that Schmaltz will ever reach where Pietrangelo is now. But, he may become adequate in his own zone (perhaps even slightly above average there). And, in combination with a super offensive game, he might become a multiple-year all star at his position. I don't think, however, that he'll ever be the elite defenceman that Pietrangelo looks to become.
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