Schmaltz was named to the AHL's Pacific Division All-Star team Thursday. Schmaltz has five goals and 19 points through 26 games for AHL San Antonio, adding a plus-9 rating. He's been called up to the big club on multiple occasions to fill in for injured defensemen, but Schmaltz continues to fall victim to a numbers game on the St. Louis blue line. The 24-year-old is set to hit free agency this summer, and since the Blues have seemingly found their defenseman of the future with rookie Vince Dunn, Schmaltz could be a bargaining chip when the trade deadline rolls around and the Blues hunt for a middle-six forward.
The Blues assigned Schmaltz to AHL San Antonio on Saturday. The Blues activated Jay Bouwmeester (lower body) from injured reserve in a corresponding move, so they're no longer in need of Schmaltz's services on the back end. The 2012 first-round pick will likely remain in the minors unless St. Louis is once again in need of reinforcements due to injury later this season.
Schmaltz was part of Wednesday's roster cuts and has been reassigned to AHL San Antonio. Schmaltz was given a decent chance to make the Blues' Opening Night roster following Jay Bouwmeester's training-camp ankle injury, but it appears that the organization wants its 2012 first-round pick to get more seasoning in the minors. The former University of North Dakota standout has good size and on-ice vision, making him at least a potential recall option for the 2017-18 campaign.
As expected, Schmaltz was called up from AHL Chicago on Thursday. Schmaltz has basically become a rental player for the Wolves, as St. Louis will send him down to the minors to bolster the AHL blue line when time allows in the NHL playoff schedule. Wednesday against AHL Grand Rapids, the 23-year-old failed to register a point and went minus-2 in a 4-1 defeat. Schmaltz should not be expected to suit up for the Blues' Game 5 matchup with Nashville on Friday, as he has not played in their past eight contests.
Schmaltz was reassigned to AHL Chicago on Wednesday. The Wolves are in action Wednesday against AHL Grand Rapids in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. Schmaltz will likely suit up in that contest before returning to St. Louis ahead of Friday's matchup with Nashville. The blueliner has been an unused depth player since Game 1 of the first round, so this move is likely intended to keep him game ready.
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