It looks to me as though the Edmonton Oilers have someone interested in Justin Schultz. Like the flu, signs are obvious: They are playing the living hell out of him, and they are using him in all three disciplines. That is my take.
Let’s compare JSchultz’s usage today to his average for the season (average in brackets):
- Evens: 15:35 (17:01)
- PP: 3:39 (2:05)
- PK: 0:51 (1:10)
- Total: 20:05 (20:16)
Huh. Evidence is not in the TOI, at least that I can see. Well, it looks like it, swear to God. What about last game?
- Evens: 17:17 (17:01)
- PP: 1:15 (2:05)
- PK: 2:52 (1:10)
- Total: 21:26 (20:16)
Hmm. If the scouts are in town to view Schultz, it might be Chicago, Toronto, Nashville, Dallas, Winnipeg, New Jersey, NY Rangers, Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, NY Islanders, Arizona. I still think Fayne is a more attractive defenseman for a contending team. We wait.
— Stu Cowan (@StuCowan1) February 6, 2016
Maybe the Oilers are looking for situations as opposed to more playing time. I think they might try the Eakins way: Gobs of offensive zone starts and very little heavy lifting.