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Justin Schultz
Nick Schultz
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Edmonton Oilers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born July 6 1990 (1990-07-06) (age 26),
Kelowna, British Columbia
NHL Draft 43rd overall, 2008
Anaheim Ducks
Pro Career 2012 – present

Justin Schultz (born July 6, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Schultz was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, but grew up in Westbank, British Columbia.

Playing career Edit

Schultz played collegiate hockey for the University of Wisconsin Badgers, which competed in the WCHA. He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Drafted by the Anaheim Ducks, Schultz was unable to come to terms on a contract with the team. During the last week of May 2012, Schultz officially "de-registered" from the University of Wisconsin triggering a process that made him an unrestricted free agent (UFA). According to league rules, from the time Anaheim was given notice of the de-registration from school, they had a 30-day exclusive window to try to sign him or trade him. Anaheim was ultimately unable to sign him. Schultz was heavily recruited by up to 26 teams as a free agent, with the Edmonton Oilers having Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey personally recruit him. On June 30, 2012, Schultz agreed to a two-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Schultz played the first 34 games of his professional career in the AHL while recording 48 points in 34 games, leading all defencemen in scoring. He was ultimately awarded the AHL's Eddie Shore Award in 2012-13 as the league's top defenceman despite participating in less than half of the Oklahoma City Barons' games.

Justin Schultz Oilers

Scultz with the Oilers in 2015.

Schultz later played his first NHL game in the first Oilers game following the 2012-13 NHL season NHL Lockout against the Vancouver Canucks. He scored his first goal during the next game, the Oilers' home opener, against Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks on January 22, 2013.

On August 28, 2014, Schultz signed a new one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers valued at $3.675 million.

On February 27, 2016, with the Oilers out of playoff contention for the 2015-16 season, and suffering the worst season of his professional career with 10 points in 45 games, Schultz was traded from the Oilers to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2016 third round draft pick. On June 12, 2016, Schultz won his first Stanley Cup when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals.

On July 13, 2016, after testing free agency, Schultz returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins, signing a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

Career statistics Edit

Regular season and playoffs Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Westside Warriors BCHL 2 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Westside Warriors BCHL 57 9 31 40 28 11 3 5 8 4
2008–09 Westside Warriors BCHL 49 15 35 50 29 6 1 2 3 2
2009–10 University of Wisconsin WCHA 43 6 16 22 12
2010–11 University of Wisconsin WCHA 41 18 29 47 28
2011–12 University of Wisconsin WCHA 37 16 28 44 12
2012-13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 34 18 30 48 6
2012-13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 8 19 27 8
2013-14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 11 22 33 16
2014-15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 6 25 31 12
2015-16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 45 3 7 10 14
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 1 7 8 2 15 0 4 4 0
NHL totals 266 29 80 109 52 15 0 4 4 0

International Edit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada WC 5th 8 0 4 4 2
Senior totals 8 0 4 4 2

Awards and honours Edit

Awards Year
College
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2009-10
All-WCHA First Team 2010–11
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year 2010–11
ACHA West First-Team All-American 2010–11
All-WCHA First Team 2011–12
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year 2011–12
ACHA West First-Team All-American 2011–12
AHL
CCM/AHL Player of the Week (Ending Oct 21) 2012-13
CCM/AHL Player of the Month (Oct 2012) 2012-13
CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month (Nov 2012) 2012-13
AHL Defenseman of the Year 2012-13
NHL
NHL All-Rookie Team 2012-13
Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins) 2015-16

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