The Blues placed Schmaltz on waivers Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. This move has been inevitable for some time. Schmaltz has been a healthy scratch for nine straight games and 19 of 39 games this season. The Blues likely didn't find any worthy offers on the trade market, so they'll risk the waiver wire with their 2012 first-round pick. He has two assists and a minus-7 rating in 20 games this season while logging just 11:29 per contest. Schmaltz isn't expected to clear waivers, but if he does, he'll be assigned to AHL San Antonio.
Schmaltz will be a healthy scratch for Monday's game against the Rangers, per Lou Korac of NHL.com. Schmaltz will be a press-box spectator for the seventh consecutive game, and that's a discouraging sign when you consider Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) remains out of commission. There's nothing to see here from a fantasy perspective.
Schmaltz has two assists and a minus-3 rating in 16 games this season. The 25-year-old defenseman is fighting for his roster spot, but he's averaging just 11:48 per game -- a low mark for the blue line. Schmaltz's jojb security will come into question more when Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) returns from injured reserve, which could be as early as Wednesday against the Red Wings.
The Blues will need to make a decision on Schmaltz once Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) returns from injured reserve. Since Carl Gunnarsson (hip) just returned from non-roster, injured reserve, the Blues have seven healthy defensemen. When Bortuzzo returns, which could be as early as Saturday against the Wild, there will be eight. The Blues could keep just 13 forwards, but that would limit their flexibility when injuries arise. Therefore, the Blues will likely shed weight on the blue line, and Schmaltz, who was their 2012 first-round pick, is the only one that wasn't in the seven-man bunch last year. He has one assist and is averaging 12:47 through eight games, so he's not a lock to stay on the roster.
Schmaltz made the Blues' 23-man roster. Schmaltz was the Blues' 2012 first-round pick but has played just 22 games with the big club, notching three assists. He's being kept with the Blues right now since there's injury concerns on top of the depth chart on top of Robert Bortuzzo's one-game suspension, and it's unclear if he'll suit up Thursday against the Jets. Most importantly, Schmaltz is no longer waiver exempt. Therefore, the Blues would need to send him to waivers in order to assign him to AHL San Antonio, so they'll look to keep him with the big club for as long as possible.
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