I'm not a fan of how he went about his departure from Anaheim, but Schultz is a good pick up for the Oilers, and for a rookie defenseman that (most likely) has an entry level contract with maximum bonuses, Edmonton is probably one of the best locations to play in to earn those bonuses due to the holes in the roster currently. He'll get a bunch of ice time and pile up power play points.General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Justin Schultz.
Schultz, who turns 22 in one week, played three seasons in the WCHA with the University of Wisconsin Badgers and in 121 games the 6’2”, 185-pound defenceman recorded 113 points (40G, 73A). He was twice named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
The Kelowna, BC native had 16 goals and 28 assists last season with the Badgers in 37 games earning him a selection to the 2011-12 All-WCHA First Team as well as being named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year.
Schultz, who was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks 43rd overall in 2008, was also a 2010-11 All-WCHA First Team selection and 2010-11 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year. That season he amassed 47 points (18G, 29A) in 41 games. He was the first sophomore to win the Defensive Player of the Year award since its inception in 1992.
Schultz also played two seasons with the Westside Warriors in the BCHL. In 108 games he scored 25 goals and added 66 assists for 91 points.