Like just about every other player who makes it to the NHL, Nick Schmaltz was almost always the best player on the ice as a kid. But unlike most other hockey prodigies, Schmaltz didn’t pile up the goals in comical numbers. He has always preferred to defer. “I’ve never been a guy that scores a bunch of goals each year,” Schmaltz said. “It’s just always how I’ve played. Even when I was younger, I’d just kind of skate around for a while, and at the end, just pass it backdoor to somebody.” Selflessness is a virtue in hockey, a sport that values team over individual almost to a fault. But the Blackhawks have been trying to make Schmaltz into a more selfish player ever since he arrived in training camp last season. His speed and vision make the second-year pro a gifted playmaker, but he has had two or fewer shots on goal in 20 of his 26 games this season. He has gone without a single shot eight times.
Playmaker Nick Schmaltz trying to develop a more selfish game
Chicago Sun-Times | Dec 12