Originally posted at the Hockey Writers. I helped Jeff Ponder contribute to an article that he posted a the Hockey Writers about a few St. Louis Blues prospects. Having covered UND Hockey, Ponder asked me to write something up about Schmaltz.
North Dakota Fighting Sioux (NCHC)
Jordan Schmaltz – D
EB: Following the 2013-14 season, the University of North Dakota got some very good news when they learned that sophomore defenseman Jordan Schmaltz was returning for his junior season.
As a junior, Schmaltz will be an older statesman in a relatively young D-Corps. Next season, UND will have only one senior defenseman that regularly plays in the top-six pairings.
Schmaltz scored six goals and 24 points in 41 games, and was the top-scoring defenseman on a D-Corps that ranked first nationally with 2.76 points per game. He played on the first defense pairing with senior captain Dillon Simpson and showed great improvement in his overall game.
Schmaltz is set to play with his brother Nick, who’s slated to be drafted in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft. Jordan is an offensive minded defenseman and that’s smart in his own end and known for his crisp stick-to-stick passes.
NHL ETA: Schmaltz needs a little more seasoning, but should be NHL ready after a couple more seasons.