The Leafs appear to be pretty active these days, as they’ve made another move in acquiring Jordan Schmaltz from the St. Louis Blues for Andreas Borgman.
#Leafs have traded Andreas Borgman to St. Louis for right-shot defenceman Jordan Schmaltz.
A former first round pick by St. Louis is 2012, Schmaltz played in 20 regular season games for the Blues last season, posting two assists.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 25, 2019
Should we get excited over this?
Well, Schmaltz is a right handed shot as apposed to Borgman’s left handed shot, so that’s one thing. But let’s take a deeper dive than that.
Schmaltz has only played 42 games up to this point, with just five assists. He’s also a year older than Borgman. As for his underlying numbers, Schmaltz has a 46.63% 5v5 CF%, compared to Borgman’s 50.61% in his time with the team last year, and a 47.18% 5v5 xGF%, compared to Borgman’s 50.48%.
As for their microstats, Borgman is a lot more consistent to say the least (although Schmaltz has a very small sample size here). Both played in more sheltered minutes, which again, speaks more to Borgman’s play than Schmaltz.
His most common partner was Jay Bouwmeester, …
Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation