Perhaps one of the most underrated players in the league is Nick Schmaltz. Coming in at 6’0 and 181 pounds, he has been a treat to watch since being traded to the Coyotes. He was drafted 20th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014. Schmaltz was one of the top-tier prospects in the Blackhawks organization. Schmaltz started his young career on October 12th, the season opener for the Blackhawks in 2016. As well as getting his first NHL goal a couple of days later on October 15th, 2016. He was then traded with the Coyotes in exchange for Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome.
Now that we know a little more about Schmaltz why would he be underrated? In a total of 202 games played with the Coyotes, he has 150 points. He only played 17 games in the 2018-2019 season so we could’ve seen that point total a little bit higher. This is 0.7 points per game which is not bad.
Another major highlight in Schmaltz’s career was his 7-point outing against the Ottawa Senators. Here he notched two goals and five assists. This was the most since Sam Gagner in 2012. That is also a Coyotes record for the most points scored in a game. In the video, he gets a great assist on a smart play in that same game.
Ever since Schmaltz got traded to the Coyotes, he has had an unreal connection to Clayton Keller. The chemistry that they both share is unmatched on the ice. They have almost always been linemates throughout this season and past seasons. Which is the main reason they succeed so much. Schmaltz makes a difference everywhere he is on the ice. Looking back on the trade with Chicago, it’s looking pretty good.
As well as having great chemistry with teammates, he had an insane month of March. In March, he had a total of 24 points in only 14 games. Clayton Keller also had a very good March having 17 points in 14 games too. These two will most definitely be teammates for the foreseeable future as they are both signed here long-term.
He also had this nice goal in Ottawa which to no surprise, was assisted by Clayton Keller. With these numbers, Nick Schmaltz is super underrated and has broken out here in Arizona. Sometimes it takes just new scenery to make a huge difference and that’s exactly what happened with Schmaltz. He can score clutch goals and make high IQ plays down the ice or passing. He is no Coner McDavid but, he is what the Coyotes need. A consistent, reliable scorer who will put points on the board.
We should be seeing a lot more action of Schmaltz next year as it appears the Coyotes have no interest in trading him at the moment. This is good because if a team is rebuilding you need a scorer you can rely on when a game is close or just scoring in general. Schmaltz is only 26 years old and has a very bright future with the Arizona Coyotes
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