Gophers' Schmidt on his way to big things

Nate Schmidt has come a long way since graduating high school at St. Cloud Cathedral. He learned a lot in the ten games he played in as a freshman last season. Now, as a sophomore, Schmidt is tied with Kyle Rau with a plus/minus rating of plus-21 -- fourth best in the nation.
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Nate Schmidt has come a long way since graduating high school at St. Cloud Cathedral. He learned a lot in the ten games he played in as a freshman last season. Now, as a sophomore, Schmidt is tied with Kyle Rau with a plus/minus rating of plus-21 -- fourth best in the nation.

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