The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Nick Schmaltz on a three-year contract.
Chicago’s first-round pick (20th overall) in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, Schmaltz ranked third on the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks with a collegiate career-high 46 points (11G, 35A) in 37 games. He added three game-winning goals and a +44 plus/minus rating. Schmaltz, 20, netted the game-winner vs. Denver to send North Dakota to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game vs. Quinnipiac; he tallied an assist in the 5-1 victory vs. Quinnipiac for his first NCAA championship. Schmaltz has collected 72 points (16G, 56A) in 75 career games with North Dakota over two seasons. He was named to the 2015 NCHC All-Rookie Team.
The Verona, Wis., native won a bronze medal and registered eight points (2G, 6A) in seven games with Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Championship. He tallied one assist in five games with Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship.