Thread: Prospect Info: 2013-2014 Blues Prospects
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06-10-2013, 02:12 PM
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He played well in the USHL he just hasn't performed in college. He's had more good years than he has bad years. He'll bounce back.
Jordan Schmaltz was an offensive-oriented defenceman in The USHL, who has good offensive instincts. He is very tall, but his body needs to fill out. He needs to get a lot stronger. he needs to learn to use his body much better. He needs to learn defensive positioning, and get a lot better at defending, especially in his own end. In his college freshman/rookie season, he was working on his defence. He got mostly rookie minutes, plus some Power Play time, mostly during the 2nd half of the season.

Reports on him were that he has been getting better in his own end, and has also contributed more on offence, as the year went on. That's all that can be asked of him at this point in his career. He was always known to be a "project". He shouldn't have been expected to score a lot of points or play a lot of minutes and be an "all star" in his freshman year.

I believe that he is improving decently, and is right on target in his development. Let's see how he's doing in his junior year. Then, after that, he'll still need, possibly, another year in college, and/or a year or two in The AHL. I wouldn't expect him to be able to help The Blues, significantly, until he's 24 years old. Until then, I wouldn't worry about him being a "bust". Not only does he have the offensive instincts, but he's 6 ft. 3 inches tall. That means that he'll likely fill out to at least 200 lb. If so, EVEN if he's not a physical defenceman, as a good skater, with some size, he should be able to, at least, hold his own in his own end (3rd defensive shift, with slide up potential to 2nd pairing), plus Power Play quarterback specialisation. That sounds like a decent draft pick to me.

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