Nate Schmidt
Nate Schmidt
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Vegas Golden Knights
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.
Records power-play assist
DVegas Golden Knights
March 9, 2020
Schmidt posted a power-play helper and two shots on goal in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Oilers.
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The assist snapped a five-game point drought for Schmidt. The 28-year-old now has 31 points (seven on the power play), 112 shots, 91 blocked shots and a plus-11 rating in 59 appearances this season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:41
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:03
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:36
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
22:14
1:45
1:54
2018–19
21:57
1:50
1:29
2019–20
21:41
1:03
1:36
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Supplies power-play helper
DVegas Golden Knights
February 26, 2020
Schmidt posted a power-play assist and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Oilers.
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Gathers assist in win
DVegas Golden Knights
February 20, 2020
Schmidt recorded an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Lightning.
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Stays warm with helper
DVegas Golden Knights
February 15, 2020
Schmidt posted an assist, two shots on goal and three blocked shots in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Islanders.
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Finds twine Thursday
DVegas Golden Knights
February 13, 2020
Schmidt scored a goal on two shots and added two hits in Thursday's 6-5 overtime win over the Blues.
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Collects pair of helpers
DVegas Golden Knights
February 8, 2020
Schmidt recorded two assists, two shots on goal and a pair of blocked shots in Saturday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Hurricanes.
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