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11-24-2012, 11:23 AM
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I haven't seen Schmaltz play yet and I'm a big proponent of judging players on their play, not their stats, but I'd say his offensive stats are just fine. Especially considering that 1, he's a defenseman and 2, he's a freshman.

Not sure how much PP time he's getting but I think I read a while ago that he was on the 2nd PP unit.
Schmaltz is the only frosh on North Dakota's defense this year. There are two sophomores, two juniors, and two seniors ahead of him, and all but one of the sophomores was drafted by an NHL club.

That's why the Blues (and other value-minded NHL organizations) draft college-bound players... because they will go to respected programs with solid coaching and training staffs, and will have four years to develop without the Blues having to worry about offering them a contract. Some players - T.J. Oshie, David Backes -- develop and pan out, and some -- Max Tardy, Andrew Sackrison -- do not.

Still lots of time to see what Schmaltz will become. Sam Kurker, too.

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