While the St. Louis Blues have a full schedule of games this week and are gearing up for the playoffs, Bluenote prospect Jordan Schmaltz is lacing up his skates too as North Dakota gets ready for the NCAA Frozen Four tournament for college hockey’s National Championship which starts this weekend.
Jordan is a Sophomore defenseman for the 7-time National Champion Fighting Sioux, and plays an offensive game, running the power-play much the same way that we see current St. Louis stars Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo. He’s a young man with plenty of time ahead of him to hone his defensive game and get himself ready for the big leagues.
Schmaltz won a gold medal with Team USA at the U17 World Hockey Challenge in 2010 and was drafted 25th overall in the 1st Round of the 2012 NHL draft by the Blues. In helping North Dakota make the tournament this year, Jordan had 6 goals and 17 assists in 38 games while also blocking 55 shots.
Jordan follows in the footsteps of current NHL stars who played for North Dakota, St. Louis’s own T.J. Oshie, Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Minnesota’s Zach Parise. We wish Jordan and his fellow Fighting Sioux good luck in the first round match-up with Wisconsin, and hopefully beyond!