Nate Schmidt
Nate Schmidt
28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Vegas Golden Knights
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 10/25/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Schmidt spent most of the 2018-19 campaign playing catchup after serving a 20-game ban for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing drug policy. The American defenseman denied any wrongdoing, but the suspension was upheld, and he ended up appearing in just 61 regular-season games as a result. Obviously reeling from the forced hiatus, Schmdit managed to produce a career-high nine goals to complement 21 assists and a tidy plus-21 rating. With a calculated two-way game and the endurance to handle big minutes -- both at even strength and on special teams -- Schmidt checks out as a bonafide top-pairing spark plug for the Golden Knights. Consider targeting him once the elite blueliners are off the draft board. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $35.7 million contract extension with the Golden Knights in October of 2018.
Will start skating soon
DVegas Golden Knights
Lower Body
October 16, 2019
Schmidt (lower body) is expected to start skating soon and is considered "a week or two away," Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Schmidt was injured on Opening Night and has been on injured reserve ever since. He's expected to be back in the lineup by the end of October, and he'll immediately fill in as a top-four defenseman with power-play upside -- he posted 19 points on the man advantage over the last two seasons.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After four seasons with the Capitals, Schmidt was left exposed by Washington in the expansion draft. Schmidt signed a two-year, $4.45 million contract with Vegas and put up a career high in points (36), while also leading the team in average ice time (22:14). Schmidt is a valuable defenseman, but be careful not to overrate his fantasy value. The 27-year-old wasn't known for his offense prior to 2017-18 and likely won't be able to duplicate another season in the 40-point range, especially with consideration to his 20-game suspension for violating the NHL's Performance Enhancing Substances policy. Schmidt should still block plenty of shots and see time on the second power-play unit once he returns, but tempering your expectations would be beneficial to ensure he's taken at the right spot in fantasy drafts.
Schmidt got one of the rawest deals of anyone out of the NHL expansion draft, as he went from one of the league's top teams in the Capitals to the newfangled Golden Knights, for whom he’s expected to be a major minutes eater in their inaugural season. With Vegas trying (perhaps halfheartedly) to bring a bunch of disparate parts together into a cohesive whole, Schmidt will surely see his rating plummet from last season's plus-22, quite conceivably into the negative range, and you can't count on him for a point total north of the teens. That doesn't leave him with much fantasy value.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota in 2012, Schmidt has steadily established himself as a legitimate NHL prospect. Like 2012-2013, Schmidt is likely to spend the balance of the upcoming season in the AHL, but he has shown flashes of potential and will likely get another taste of NHL action as an injury call-up. The former NCAA standout has all the tools to be a serviceable top-6 defenseman in the NHL at some point in the future.
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Joins injury list
DVegas Golden Knights
Lower Body
October 4, 2019
Schmidt (lower body) was officially placed on injured reserve Friday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
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Week-to-week with lower-body issue
DVegas Golden Knights
Lower Body
October 3, 2019
Schmidt (lower body) was labeled week-to-week by coach Gerard Gallant on Thursday.
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Done for night
DVegas Golden Knights
October 2, 2019
Schmidt will not return to Wednesday's Opening Night game against the Sharks, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
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Key distributor for young club
DVegas Golden Knights
April 25, 2019
Schmidt had four assists representing his point total over seven games in the series loss to the Sharks.
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Provides pair of helpers
DVegas Golden Knights
April 16, 2019
Schmidt picked up two assists -- one on the power play -- and four blocked shots in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
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