Oil on Whyte Ruling: Over
Dobber’s math on this one is simple. Last year Schultz scored on an average of 0.16 per game. Judging by the 14 goals over the course of the projected 80 games he’ll play in, that’s an average of 0.17. It’s still an easy over for me given the poise and maturity that Schultz showcased on the ice last season.
A big part of Schultz’s offensive success comes on the power play, at least it did last year with 4 goals and 11 assists coming on the man advantage. It’s been mentioned here before that the Oilers could and should have one of the league’s most potent power plays again this year and Schultz will help drive that bus.
He also has the ability to jump up in the play, creating an odd-man rush seemingly out of nowhere, an ability we haven’t seen since Paul Coffey patrolled the Oilers blue line.
Schultz can read the ice so well that he knows when to make the push to join the rush and create a three on two, or even a four on two. Couple that with his power play prowess and it’s easy to put him over the projected 14 goal mark. I’ll take the over on this one and say he’ll finish with 17 goals.