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Better Know a Penguin: Justin Schultz

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Seeing some time this postseason, Justin Schultz or "Jultz" as many called him in Edmonton comes just as advertised. When the player has the puck on his stick, he can be a gifted offensive defender with some above average mobility. What then becomes an issue when he doesn't have the puck is his play in his own zone.

Having built a less than sterling reputation in Edmonton, he has been working hard to break the stereotypes surrounding him in Pittsburgh. While many didn't believe in him, the Penguins decided to take a chance, they are hoping it pays off in spades.

Name: Justin Schultz

Number/Position: #4 / Defender

Born: July 6th, 1990

Birthplace: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 193

Shoots: Right

Drafted: 2nd round (forty third overall pick) by Anaheim in 2008

Assets

Can often act as a fourth forward on the ice, thanks to supreme offensive instincts and excellent mobility from the back end. A natural with the puck on his blade, he produces plenty of offense.

Flaws

Is terribly inconsistent. Has major holes in his defensive game, which somewhat negate his offensive assets. Lacks the physical strength to effectively handle big NHL forwards at the highest level.

Career Potential

Talented, inconsistent and defensively-challenged offensive defenseman.

(Assets, Flaws and Career Potential via The Hockey News player page)

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