Edmonton Oilers: Why Justin Schultz Will Be the Next Great Oilers Defenseman

November 30th, 2012 by Adam Bowen Leave a reply »
Justin Schultz faced a substantial amount of criticism when he and the Anaheim Ducks were unable to come to terms on a contract after Schultz was selected No. 43 overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Schultz became a highly coveted free agent defenseman with the college credentials that seemed to warrant all of the hype.

During his time with University of Wisconsin, Schultz tallied a staggering 113 points in 121 games for the Badgers.

While college hockey may not be at the same caliber as major-junior developmental leagues, Schultz has continued his strong play in the AHL for the Oklahoma City Barons.

Currently leading the AHL in points, Schultz has started to show signs that he has the potential to be a difference maker for the Oilers once he makes his NHL debut.

While Schultz is benefiting from a team boasting such talented young stars such as Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, it cannot be overlooked that Schultz is leading the league in scoring in his first season in professional hockey.

The Oilers have been in dire need for an offensive defenseman ever since the Chris Pronger lef ...

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