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Schmaltz Answers Fan Questions

Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 9:20 AM / St Louis Blues - Features
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Schmaltz Answers Fan Questions
Jordan Schmaltz, the Blues\' first round draft pick (25th overall) in 2012, answers questions from fans on stlouisblues.com.


In early July, Blues fans were given an opportunity to submit questions to Jordan Schmaltz, the Blues' first round draft pick (25th overall) in 2012.

Schmaltz split last season between the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers and Sioux City Musketeers, ranking second among USHL defenseman with 41 points (10 goals, 31 assists) in 55 games. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Schmaltz is the first player since the 1994-95 season to be named to the All-USHL First Team in consecutive seasons. He will attend the University of North Dakota in the fall.

Below are his answers to some of the questions we received.

1. What was your initial reaction to being drafted by a division rival? I heard you grew up a Blackhawks fan if I'm not mistaken. – Cathy Crowley, Odessa, MO
Jordan Schmaltz
: You kind of put all that aside once you hear your name called. It’s an unbelievable feeling, and I couldn’t be happier and it was one of the best moments of my life. Once I heard my name called, I became an instant Blues fan.

2. What is one thing you are looking forward to seeing in St.Louis when you come here? – Jennifer Kleist, High Ridge, MO
JS: Hopefully in a few years, I’ll come to training camp and meet all the guys and have a chance to make the team. That’s what I’m most looking forward to.

3. How would you describe what kind of overall game you play and how quickly do you project your entry into the NHL and St.Louis Blues? – Dan Endres, St. Louis, MO
JS: I think I’m an offensive defenseman. I can play the power play and I think I can distribute the puck out there. I have no timetable and I’m in no rush (to get here). When they think I’m ready, that’s when I’ll know. No timetable right now.

4. What was the first thing that went through your head when you heard your named called by the Blues? – Andrew Graczyk, St. Charles, MO
JS: It was pretty surreal. I couldn’t really believe it. I was kind of in shock. Everything was moving in slow motion walking up there. It was one of the greatest feelings ever.

5. What is the one thing that you look most forward to for this upcoming season with the Fighting Sioux? – Mark Keiser, Waterloo, IL
JS: I think we will have a really good team. A lot of veteran guys, so getting a chance for a national championship I think is the ultimate goal.

6. Who or what has been the biggest influence in your career? – Almedin Mulasalihovic, St. Louis, MO
JS: I think my parents, I’d say, just driving me to the rink every day. I played in Chicago, and I’m from Madison, Wisconsin, so it’s a two-hour drive to practice one way. I think my parents and their commitment helped tremendously with my development. We had practice twice a week, so they’d have to drive two hours one way.

7. As you look back on playing in the USHL, how did it prepare you for taking "the next step" and who was the toughest player you competed against? – Mark Farland, Waterloo, IA
JS: The USHL was a great developmental league. We went up against high-end guys night in and night out. The competition was great, the depth of each player and each line is huge when you compete against the best players night in and night out. The best player I played against would probably be Daniil Tarasov from Indiana. He’s a great player.

8. Being a member of the Green Bay Gamblers and the Sioux City Muskateers, how will your experiences in the USHL help you both mentally and physically in the National Hockey League? – Gosha Svir, St. Louis, MO
JS: I think I came in as a boy when I was 16 years old. I had to learn how to do a lot of things by myself, and I came out as a young man I believe. I think just learning to be more independent will one day transfer into me living on my own and making my own living in the NHL.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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