Thursday, July 25, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Leafs acquire Schmaltz

    The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired D Jordan Schmaltz from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for D Andreas Borgman.

    Schmaltz is a former 1st rounder (2012) that hasn't panned out, but hasn't gotten a major chance yet. He had a career high 20 games last year, and was a healthy scratch almost the entire season. With the Leafs needing a right handed defenseman for their third pairing, Schmaltz fits the bill.

    Schmaltz, 25, scored two points, both assists, in 20 games this past season. In 42 NHL games, all for the Blues, Schmaltz has five points, all assists.

    The Blues don't need Schmaltz, as he was mainly a healthy scratch. They don't really need Borgman either. Borgman didn't play in the NHL last year, but did score 15 points in 39 AHL games. He also has potential, but isn't exactly very young.

     Borgman, 24, only played in the NHL in 2017-18, scoring three goals with eight assists for 11 points in 48 games.

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