Schmaltz had two hits and finished plus-1 over 15:07 in Sunday's 3-0 win over Colorado. Schmaltz, the Blues' first-round draft pick in 2012, was making his NHL debut, taking the spot of Robert Bortuzzo against the Avs. With the Blues having struggled of late, Sunday's shutout notwithstanding, coach Mike Yeo sees Schmaltz as a possible offensive contributor and even gave the rookie minutes on the second-unit power play Sunday.
Schmaltz will make his NHL debut in Sunday's game in Colorado. The blueliner has 25 points in 42 games in the AHL this year, showing that he's a bonafide two-way defender -- at least in the minors. That said, it's probably best to let him get his feet wet at the NHL level before taking any sort of fantasy plunge.
The Blues recalled Schmaltz from AHL Chicago on Wednesday. The Blues traded defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Capitals on Monday, which left them with six healthy blueliners on the roster, so the 23-year-old Schmaltz will round out their depth at defense. He's been highly productive in the minors this season, notching 25 points (three goals, 22 assists) in 42 games with AHL Chicago. The Wisconsin native could make his NHL debut as soon as Friday against the Jets, and he's a name to keep an eye on in deeper dynasty formats.
Schmaltz has been assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Schmaltz showed enough in preseason to give the Blues confidence to call him up this season if needed, but he got caught in a numbers game in St. Louis. Robert Bortuzzo will once again serve as the seventh defenseman to start the season.
Schmaltz was recalled from AHL Chicago on Friday. Peter Harrold, Ivan Barbashev, and Jordan Binnington will join Schmaltz in the ascension to the parent club for what appears to be a "Black Aces" scenario. Since the minor-league Wolves team missed the playoffs, the aforementioned skaters possessing NHL contracts earn the right to be with parent club during the playoffs. It's unlikely that any of them will actually make a postseason appearance, but it's worth noting that Schmaltz was the one with the highest points output of the newly recalled skaters, with the blueliner notching six goals and 30 assists.
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