Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Jordan Schmaltz and Nicolas Kerdiles
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Jordan Schmaltz Green Bay Gamblers, USHL
Nicolas Kerdiles US Under-18, USHL
A member of the 2012 University of North Dakota recruiting class, Jordan Schmaltz finished his second season in the USHL with a championship as a member of the Green Bay Gamblers. The Verona, WI native tied for second among league blueliners with 41 points in 2011-12. The previous year with Sioux City, Schmaltz led all defensemen in scoring with 44 points. At 6’2”, 189-pounds, Schmaltz has the size and strength to go along with his offensive skills.
At 6’2”, 200-pounds, Nicolas Kerdiles is a prototypical power forward. The scouts love his ability to use his size in the corners and his knack for bullying opponents in front of the net. The California native has spent the last two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program, and is committed to play at the University of Wisconsin next season. During his first year with the Under-18 team in 2010-11, Kerdiles finished tied for second on the team in scoring with 20 points in 32 games.
Scott Mayfield, Islanders prospect I actually got to play with Schmaltzy in the Junior A Challenge Tournament up in Penticton about a year and a half ago. He’s a very good offensive defenseman, and has a lot of upside. I know he was one of our go-to power play guys.
Robbie Russo, Islanders prospect I played with Schmaltzy. He is really good offensively and really smooth with the puck. He’s calm and has a great shot.
Robbie Russo, Islanders prospect Nicolas Kerdiles is real smart around the net. He always seemed to be in the right place to score pretty big goals.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Nicolas Kerdiles is a big, strong-skating forward. He has good skill and a nose for the net. Nicolas is not afraid of traffic areas, and can play center or wing.