GLENDALE -- Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz will be sidelined for the rest of the 2018-19 season because of a lower-body injury, the team announced on Tuesday.
Schmaltz played 17 games for Arizona after the Coyotes acquired him in a trade with Chicago on Nov. 25. He served as the top-line center for most of those games and produced five goals and nine assists. He last appeared vs. Vegas on Dec. 30.
The injury to Schmaltz is the latest on a long list of injuries to key Coyotes players this season. Goalie Antti Raanta, defenseman Jason Demers, and forwards Christian Dvorak and Michael Grabner all have missed significant time and are sidelined indefinitely because of serious injuries.
"Nick came to us and was the dynamic, difference-making forward we had hoped he would be," General Manager John Chayka said. "He really gave our power play a boost, kind of gave us a real identity on the power play adding a right shot on that flank with Clayton Keller. He did a lot of good things for us. It's a big loss for our team, but the injury provides more opportunity for our young players. The group has done an admirable job of filling in and competing hard every night."
Schmaltz, 22, has notched 105 points (34 goals, 71 assists) in 179 NHL games. He is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1.