Justin Schultz helps create offense at both ends of the ice. The Oilers have employed chaos defensemen since time began, but Schultz comes with special instructions. Because he chose the Oilers, and didn’t fall on Roloson, the organization seems to hold him in incredibly high esteem. Until very recently their verbal ran wildly out of time with the actuality.
JUSTIN SCHULTZ 12-13
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.96 (2nd among regular D)
- 5×4 points per 60: 5.06 (1st among regular D)
- Qual Comp: 3rd toughes faced among regular D (2nd pairing)
- Qual Team: best available teammates among regular D (1st pairing)
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 43.5
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -1.6
- Corsi Rel: -1.2 (4th best among regular D) (-12.19 CorsiON)
- Zone Start: 48.1% (2nd easiest among regular D)
- Zone Finish: 49.5% (3rd best among regular D)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 85/9.41% (best among D’s>30 shots)
- Boxcars: 48, 8-19-27
JUSTIN SCHULTZ 13-14
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.88 (1st among regular D)
- 5×4 points per 60: 2.31 (2nd among regular D)
- Qual Comp: 3rd toughest faced among regular D (2nd pairing)
- Qual Team: 3rd best available teammates among regular D (1st pairing)
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 42.9
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -2.6
- Zone Start: 46.5% (3rd easiest among regular D)
- Zone Finish: 46.8% (3rd best among regular D)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 109/10.1% (best among D’s>50 shots)
- Boxcars: 74, 11-22-33
RE 13-14 REVIEW
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RE 14-15 PREVIEW
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VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER (CORSI REL)
- Why did his offense go away? Strictly power play, he was basically the same at even strength.
- What’s the problem with Schultz? He has some major holes. He was unable to wake the power play, and he was a mess for most of the year as a defenseman. Given secondary competition and a zone start push (at least as much as the Oilers could push) he was still below average in the shot differential.
- What’s the problem with Schultz? This is two seasons now of simply horrible shot differential. In layman’s terms, he’s giving up far more than he’s delivering, and the team is drowning with him on the ice.
- Crazy days, and he’s such a good passer! Well, actually he’s not a terribly good one at hitting people tape-to-tape on the fly. That’s part of the problem. He has an offensive defender’s skills, but some (speed, darting into a play late) are miles ahead of others (tape-to-tape, recognizing the best available outlet).
- Did he play well with any partners? According to the WOWY he posted 49% with Anton Belov, 44.3% with Klefbom.
- Where do we go from here? I think they might partner him with Fayne.
- FAYNE? Well, it makes sense stylistically. Fayne is more of a stay-at-home type, and Schultz can wheel.
- They’re both right-handed, you dink! So? Fayne is a solid defenseman and can play the position. A year with him and maybe Schultz will be wearing his ass for a hat less often.
- Anyone aside from Fayne? He played well with Marincin in OKC, but that was an NHL line so it isn’t certain. I’ve always felt Klefbom would eventually be that guy, Edmonton loves them some treble Klef and they love Schultz too.
- Nurse? No. Not yet, and I suspect not for some time. Nurse will pass Schultz as an all-around player in his first season or two, but covering for chaos takes an experienced player. Especially on defense.
- Is Schultz worth all this? Playmakers have exceptional value, and if Schultz can improve defensively then he’ll be a big part of this team’s success.
- You liked him after his rookie year. Schultz made so many bad reads this season, I seriously wonder about his ability to play the position well enough to avoid being a liability—even after 300 games. I understand part of that comes with playing SO MUCH defense—Oilers blue had multiple defensive sorties most shifts—but he got himself into a lot of trouble with his decision making.
- What changed from a year ago? Last season, he was a power-play wizard. This season, not so much. That impacts value. Secondly, and as much as I’d like to blame Ference and Nick Schultz for this, he seemed unable to make decisions at pace. I can’t count high enough to properly describe the number of times he made a poor pass, lost the puck off his stick in the defensive zone, provided genuinely feeble coverage and appeared to be lollygagging with the puck.
- That’s his style! Then he needs to change it. If he wants to be the Jesus of Cool he’ll have to do it in his off hours.
- So, more urgency. Yes. Sometimes a quick, simple pass to your partner is the better plan. Gives you room to breathe and then make a better pass later in the transaction.
- What does MacT see, then? A difference maker, a playmaker and a guy who can play with elite skill. That has exceptional value, but for a defenseman there’s that whole other side of the game. Schultz appears to be indifferent to it—he plays like the guy fans accuse Jeff Petry of playing.
- Who will he eventually be paired with? Darnell Nurse.
- When will we see that pairing for the first time? If they didn’t play together last pre-season, and I don’t recall, they’ll get some time this fall.
- When will we see them in an NHL regular season game together? Stay tuned, it could happen this year.
- When will they be a difference-making tandem? When Nurse can take control of events, probably three full years from now. Until then, it’ll be chaos unless Schultz gets better at making plays and defending sorties.
- Why this song? It’s a hit single, Schultz is a hit single. Plus the beginning is so much fun, and then it dives into this brilliant bit of (Schultz) verbal: “When I get that crazy feeling, I know, I’m in trouble again, I’m in trouble, ‘Cause you’re a rambler and a gambler.”
- Joni Mitchell sure understands the hockey. She’s good at knowing.