The Chicago Blackhawks thought highly enough of Schmaltz to select him in the first round (No. 20) in the 2014 NHL Draft. And that was before he helped the University of North Dakota win the 2016 NCAA championship, scoring the winning goal against the University of Denver with 57 seconds left to put his team in the championship game.
A versatile forward who sees the ice well, Schmaltz is known as a creative playmaker. He had 11 goals and 46 points in 37 games as a sophomore while centering North Dakota's top line in 2015-16.