Blues chose D Schmaltz with 25th pick in NHL draft

The St. Louis Blues selected defenseman Jordan Schmaltz with the

25th pick in the first round of the NHL draft on Friday night.

Schmaltz, out of the USHL, is considered to be a project player.

The 6-foot-2, 189-pound blue-liner will attend the University of

North Dakota next year. He split this past season between the Sioux

City Musketeers and Green Bay Gamblers, ranking second among USHL

defensemen with 41 points (10 goals, 31 assists) in 55 games.

Schmaltz played 46 of games for Green Bay, leading the team’s

defensemen in assists, points and power-play goals (five). He added

seven points (two goals, five assists) and had a plus-10 rating in

12 playoff games for the Clark Cup Champions.