BostonBruins.com - The Boston Bruins selected forward Jake Schmaltz with the 192nd pick (seventh round) on Saturday afternoon at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver.
"Just when I found out it was Boston, I was really excited just because it's such a great organization, just talking to them," said Schmaltz, who was in the middle of a graduation party when he got the call. "I just see all the fans, and everybody in the city is just behind them…I just feel like the energy in that arena and everything is so awesome, and it's such a storied franchise. It's been there forever. They're good every year. It's awesome."
Here is everything else you need to know about Schmaltz:
Jake Schmaltz: 7th Round, 192nd Overall
Last team: Chicago Steel (USHL)
Height: 6 feet, 1 inch
Weight: 167 pounds
Birthday: April 24, 2001 (18 years old)
Hometown: McFarland, Wisconsin
Miscellaneous: Schmaltz played for the USHL's Chicago Steel this season, scoring five goals and tallying 13 assists for 18 points and a plus-six rating in 60 games. During the playoffs, the forward recorded two assists in 11 games. In 2017-18, the 18-year-old played for Madison Edgewood Prep (USHS-WI), recording 56 points (24a, 32g) in 24 games.
"I think just working hard on the forecheck, just creating havoc and just being a positive guy on the bench," Schmaltz said of his strengths. "Just a good locker room guy and just doing everything I can to help the team win."
The 6-foot-1, 167-pound forward tallied 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points in 24 games with Edgewood in 2016-17. The McFarland, Wisconsin native also skated in 35 games for Team Wisconsin 15U (Midget), producing 27 points (14g, 13a) and in five games for Team Wisconsin 15U (NAPHL 15U), recording five assists.
Schmaltz is committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2020-21 season.