|Date of Birth||2/23/1996|
|Height, Weight||6'0", 177 lbs|
|Drafted||2014 - Rd 1 (20th Overall) by CHI|
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Schmaltz (upper body) is slated to return to Chicago's lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blues.
Schmaltz got off to a hot start this campaign, racking up two goals and one assist in the Blackhawks' season opener against Pittsburgh before going down with an injury after logging just 0:34 of ice time in Chicago's second game. The 21-year-old pivot will return to his role centering Ryan Hartman and Patrick Kane on the Blackhawks' second line Wednesday and can be started with confidence in all fantasy formats.
Schmaltz (upper body) centered the team's second line during Monday's practice and is expected to play Wednesday in St. Louis, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The 2014 first-round pick enjoyed a hot start to 2017-18, notching two goals and an assist in the two games he participated in before getting injured on Oct. 7. Should Schmaltz be able to return, he'll have every opportunity to keep producing, as he'll be flanked by Patrick Kane and Ryan Hartman, who have combined for four goals and 16 points in six contests.
Schmaltz (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Predators, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports.
Schmaltz will miss a fourth consecutive game Saturday, but he's "close to playing" according to coach Joel Quenneville, so fantasy owners can count on him returning to action soon -- and potentially Wednesday against the Blues. Once Schmaltz is officially cleared to play, he'll likely return to his role centering Patrick Kane and Ryan Hartman on the Blackhawks' second line.
Schmaltz (upper body) will miss a third straight game Thursday against the Wild, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Schmaltz was able to participate in morning skate Thursday for the first time since he sustained an upper-body injury Saturday against Columbus, so his recovery is trending in the right direction ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Predators. Tommy Wingels will continue to center the Blackhawks' fourth line until Schmaltz receives a clean bill of health.
Schmaltz (upper body) is not expected to be in the lineup for Thursday's clash with Minnesota, Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV reports.
According to coach Joel Quenneville, the team hopes to get Schmaltz back in time to face the Predators on Saturday. The winger racked up two goals and an assist Opening Night against the Penguins, but has been unable to contribute since due to his upper-body ailment. In the meantime, Tommy Wingels will likely continue to suit up on the fourth line.