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
Drafted: 2nd round (forty third overall pick) by Anaheim in 2008
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.
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.
Talented, inconsistent and defensively-challenged offensive defenseman.
(Assets, Flaws and Career Potential via The Hockey News player page)
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