For those that wondered how Justin Schultz would adjust to the pro game, it turns out pretty well. The Oklahoma City Barons defenseman has been named AHL Player of the Week after scoring three times, adding an assist and compiling a plus-six rating in two games for Edmonton’s minor-league affiliate.
“He’s a quick learner,” Barons head coach Todd Nelson said, as per CBC.ca. “In our exhibition games he got caught up ice a couple of times. I only had to explain to him once that if he does that he has to be the first guy to get back. He adjusted… Very high hockey IQ.”
Schultz signed with the Oilers this summer after an intense bidding war for his services. The 22-year-old was originally drafted by Anaheim in 2008. He became an unrestricted free agent after the Ducks were unable to sign him to a contract.
Schultz spent the last three seasons playing college hockey with the Wisconsin Badgers.
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