First Round Draft Pick

With the 25th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft the St. Louis Blues selected defenseman Jordan Schmaltz. Jordan is 6’2” 189 lbs and played in the USHL during the 2011-2012 season.

Since being in the USHL in 2010 Jordan played in 108 regular season games, had 85 points in those games, and an overall plus 11 rating.

Jordan will be attending the University of North Dakota next season. North Dakota has produced several first round draft picks over the past couple of drafts including fellow Blue T. J. Oshie in 2005.

Blues scouting director Bill Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch “He’s got some high-end skill on the power play. That was one of the strongest things we liked about him–that he can run a power play from the top.”

Like most young players Jordan will need time to develop before seeing playing time in the NHL, but if you like evaluating the Blues drafts it would be a name to look for in the future.

As always with young NHL talent it is very hard to evaluate Jordan at this point in his career, but from Armtrong’s quote it appears the Blues were drafting Jordan to get future power play scoring from the defense.

In the 2012 NHL Draft the St. Louis Blues went heavy on defensemen taking four in their first eight picks.  It seems early to be giving grades to a group of draft picks who probably will not even see NHL ice time next season.  From what I have read online it seems the only thing negative about the Blues draft is the possible reach when taking Schmaltz 25th overall, but most projections had Schmaltz as a late first early second round pick.

Like every other sports draft you will not know about these group of young players until they get on the ice.  It is not Hitchcock’s job to get these players ready for the NHL, but it would be nice to see him around to coach these young players if they make it with the Blues.



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