Nate Schmidt
Nate Schmidt
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Vancouver Canucks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Schmidt posted his third straight 30-point season with seven goals and 24 assists in 59 games for the Golden Knights last season. With Vegas in a cap crunch after signing Alex Pietrangelo, Schmidt was dealt to the Canucks, where he'll immediately assume a top-four role. The 29-year-old Schmidt has finished as a minus player just once in his career, back in 2013-14, and his ability to play both sides on defense will make him a versatile option for head coach Travis Green. Look for Schmidt to potentially see a little less than the 21:41 of ice time per game he received in Vegas last year, but it shouldn't decrease his scoring production. He'll also add roughly 100 blocked shots, which boosts his fantasy value just a little more. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $35.7 million contract extension with the Golden Knights in October of 2018. Traded to the Canucks in October of 2020.
First tally with Canucks
DVancouver Canucks
January 14, 2021
Schmidt scored a goal in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Oilers.
ANALYSIS
Schmidt got the Canucks on the board with his second-period marker. The 29-year-old defenseman has opened his scoring account with his new team. He's also added five blocked shots and three shots on net in two games. Schmidt is a decent depth option for fantasy managers, but Quinn Hughes' power-play prowess will reduce how effective Schmidt can be offensively.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:03
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:22
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:52
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
21:57
1:50
1:29
2019–20
21:41
1:03
1:36
2020–21
21:03
1:22
2:52
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Dealt to Vanouver
DVancouver Canucks
October 12, 2020
Schmidt was traded from Vegas to Vancouver in exchange for a 2022 third-round draft pick Monday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
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Snaps slump with assist
DVegas Golden Knights
September 12, 2020
Schmidt had a power-play assist and four shots on goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Stars in Game 4.
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Key role in comeback
DVegas Golden Knights
August 30, 2020
Schmidt scored a goal and dished an assist in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Canucks in Game 4.
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Pockets helper
DVegas Golden Knights
August 23, 2020
Schmidt produced an assist, six shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Canucks in Game 1.
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Supplies power-play helper
DVegas Golden Knights
August 18, 2020
Schmidt recorded a power-play assist and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks in Game 5.
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