Our first defenseman of this series has us looking at the electric Justin Schultz who is coming off a superb rookie season that saw him score 8 goals and add 19 assists; good for 27 points in 48 games. Some say that because he was a 22-year old rookie he shouldn’t be considered in the conversation for the Calder Trophy. His maturity was evident and does it matter when a player suits up for his first NHL season?
This year Schultz is expected to carry the offensive load from the Oilers’ blue line point of view. With a year of experience behind him, it’ll be interesting to see if he succumbs to the pressure of what some describe as the sophomore slump. Or if Schultz can continue his fine point production at the NHL level, something that would warrant a long-term contract extension. Where have we heard that before?
Yes, Schultz is the next in line for the Oilers to consider locking up long-term and this season will surely have a profound effect on what type of dollar amount he will have thrown his way. Anything similar to last year’s pace of 0.56 points per game would put him in the mid 40′s for points and that would be enough to demand a hefty raise from the Oilers. With that, let’s look at the over/under for Justin Schultz with Dobber’s fantasy guide serving as the reference.