Johnson, Schmaltz Play In USHL Prospect Game

A pair of UND recruits — forward Luke Johnson and defenseman Jordan Schmaltz — played in the first-ever USHL Top Prospects Game on Tuesday in Michigan.

Johnson had a pair of assists for Team West, which dropped the game 5-3. Johnson also had two shots on goal.

Schmaltz had two shots on goal and registered a minus-one rating.

After the game, Johnson tweeted: “Great experience at the prospects game, even though we lost.”

The United States of Hockey blog posted some thoughts on each player, including Johnson and Schmaltz.

Schmaltz will be at UND in the fall. Johnson is a 2013 recruit.

2 Responses

  1. crb1

    Didn’t really like the comment in that USHL Blog about Schmaltz not having good hockey sense. Brad have you witnessed this lack of hockey knowledge from Schmaltz in watching him play. Sure people make some mistakes but this guy makes it sound like schmaltz is a bonehead. Well we will take him whatever you call him.

    1. I suppose it very much depends on what night you catch him, but the consensus generally says he has very good hockey sense and instincts. The biggest and most frequent knock I’ve seen on him is that he doesn’t engage physically often enough. I saw him last year in Fargo and thought he looked great. A buddy of mine (former college player whose opinion I trust completely) also saw him play last year (different game than I had attended) and thought he was fantastic, couldn’t believe he was a high school junior because of his poise and awareness. Here’s a link to a scouting report with full iso footage from a game in December.

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