Nate Schmidt
Nate Schmidt
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Vegas Golden Knights
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $35.7 million contract extension with the Golden Knights in October of 2018.
Sets career high for goals
DVegas Golden Knights
February 12, 2019
Schmidt scored his sixth goal of the season in a 5-2 loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Schmidt's second-period goal tied the game for the Golden Knights, but they fell apart in the third period. He also added four blocks in the contest. Schmidt has 21 points in 38 games in a season shortened by a suspension at the beginning. He's averaged 22:09 of ice time this year, making him a solid top-four fantasy blueliner.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:17
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:35
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
15:29
0:10
0:43
2017–18
22:14
1:45
1:54
2018–19
22:17
2:00
1:35
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2014
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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Delivers fortuitous goal
DVegas Golden Knights
February 10, 2019
Schmidt tallied his fifth goal of the season in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jackets.
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Opens scoring vs. Ducks
DVegas Golden Knights
January 5, 2019
Schmidt scored a goal in a 3-2 victory against the Ducks on Friday.
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Rakes in helpers
DVegas Golden Knights
January 1, 2019
Schmidt sent out a power-play assist in Tuesday's win over the Kings.
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Sticks it to former team
DVegas Golden Knights
December 5, 2018
Schmidt tallied two goals, three points, a plus-1 rating and four shots on goal in a 5-3 victory against the Capitals on Tuesday.
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Held in check offensively in return
DVegas Golden Knights
November 18, 2018
Schmidt (suspension) made his season debut against the Oilers on Sunday, recording 19:38 of ice time but failing to mark the scoresheet in a 6-3 road win.
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