Seriously...this means he puts us into more "bonus cap issues for 2017/18 IF he achieves them....but he will not get big points playing at 3C or on 4th line depending on the Q trust level..but IF they decide to TT him all over the place but this time he succeeds at LW when tried with Toews...then maybe he can reach the bonus highway er MA rks and put us right back into the pickle next year.
BUT if he does not get to those levels it means he did not impact much and some will question why he did not get AHL experience. ..Also this probably means they are out on the Vesey thing because no way would they put themselves in double bonus jeopardy for next year in the unlikely event Both might reach the.max bonus impact levels..They would not take that kind of cap risk...well ...Maybe if they trade CC ...but otherwise...no way they would dare risk Tha t bonus cap future problem for 2017/18 ...
For those of you complaining that this is a bad signing - would you have preferred to not sign him and get nothing for the 2014 1st round pick? C'mon!
He isn't big but he has top-6 skills. Maybe he needs a year or 2 in Rockford or maybe he has the guts that TT didn't have and he makes the Hawks out of camp. Either way it's better than seeing him complete 4 years at NDak and have him walk and the Hawks get nothing out of another 1st round pick.
First, hilarious that some people are criticizing this. By standard NCHC to NHL projections, he could be a 40 point guy in the NHL now.
Second, do you guys think he's a 3C or a 1LW? I could see him fitting into either role.
Him on the third line (over someone like Kero, Ras, Hinostroza, or McNeill) should help the team put together a better secondary scoring line.
However, the biggest question is, can he play center in a Quenneville system? LW would be the easier adjustment, and come with much less responsibility (which would hopefully mean Q would be less likely to bench him for multiple periods after a small gaffe.)
If we could get our hands in to Vesey, our top-9 would look fantastic. Schmaltz, Shaw and mr. X would be great 3rd line. Not to mention it would leave Krüger, Desjardins and Lundberg (I really think he is going to make the team) to 4th line.
Schmaltz will be a stud for Chicago. So glad this kid signed this year. Now go get Vesey please. He'll break this team out of camp imo.
WELL ...every 1st rounder is touted as a "stud" on these boards by the rose-colored glasses crowd Before he plays a game for us and before Q decides he cannot trust the kid and banishes him to limited minutes and lesser roles or to Rockford..
ALSO the RCGC annointed Tuomo Ruutu a "stud" ..McNeill was a "stud" also annointed..as was Kyle what's his name ..and then Danault and Hartman ...all were supposed to be studs...Maybe we ought 5o wait and see ...
Not as if Schmaltz ever scored 20 goals let alone 30 in his NCAA time...yes assists were there but if he is a 3C who is going to score off his passes with thise mediocrity es we will put on the wing there...and if they use him with Toews on a wing there on line#1 then is Toews really going to get more than the 28-30 range he has plateaued at plus a lot more assists because Schmaltz suddenly finds he can shoot pucks past goalies with regularity?PLEASE ...calling Schmaltz a "stid" at thus stage is premature. ..let us wait and see before we annoint him as Saviour ...Do not put the KOD on the kid with the "stud" moniker..Put it this way..he is so far off tge stud ness of a Kane or a Panarin (now ( that he would have to take giant leaps in development progression to get to stud levels like those two...And given Q's failure (except with Saad who was a perfect power forward to compliment Toews) to develop anyone to do anything at stud level (Q had zero to do with Panarin developing into an pact stud) I would be hard-pressed tp place a bet on Schmaltz turning into a "stid" ...so.let us hold off on the superlatives until it gets PROVEN to us...Anyway doubtful he becomes a stud unless they put him.between Panarin and Kane ...THEN any C would look like a stud on that line .