Schultz was originally drafted by the Ducks back in 2008 (Round 2, 43rd overall) but refused to sign with them and decided to play at the college level and study until he would become a free agent in July of 2012. What made him one of the most sought-after free agents this year? Three things: his youth, his low price, and his outstanding play in the three years he was with the
Pretty much every NHL team made an effort to get Schultz, but it really came down to three possibilities:
Toronto and Edmonton .
Vancouver made a huge effort to
obtain Schultz and so did the Oilers, while Toronto
was the favorite in many people’s minds since Schultz is a BC boy— Vancouver .
The Leafs used defenseman Jake Gardiner to try to convince Schultz to decide on
Kelowna , the two are good friends,
while the Oilers used a barrage of people. In the end, Schultz chose the Oilers
as the best place to begin his NHL career. I will explain why in a moment. Toronto
On June 28th, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, new head coach Ralph Krueger and Taylor Hall flew to Toronto to meet with Schultz to see if they could work his mind / sweet talk him. Furthermore, Kevin Lowe got dirty by contacting Gretzky and Coffey and asking them to phone Schultz to try to convince him to go to
did phone Schultz and I guess Gretzky felt he owed something to his buddy Kevin
and also to the fans of Edmonton
for leaving. Nevertheless, all of this pressure was not responsible for
Schultz’s decision to sign with the Oilers, but rather, various circumstances
came into play. Lowe and Tambellini were
simply lucky to get the nod from Schultz and they landed him for the following four
reasons, none of which had anything to do with Lowe and Tambellini’s skill in
doing their jobs—and yet, Tambellini, in his pride, shamelessly patted himself
on the back as he spoke to the media about the signing. Edmonton
Schultz wanted to play in
and most importantly, he wanted to play on a team that had many players
around his own age, as this would allow him to feel comfortable and enable
him to easily connect with his teammates and make friends. The Canadian team
with the greatest number of young players is of course the Oilers, who,
will have eight under 24 including Yakupov.
, Toronto and Ottawa have around five each, the Jets four, and the Canucks and Flames just three each. So, it was clear to Schultz that he would decide on the Oilers. Montreal
- Third, Schultz liked the Oilers team when he was growing-up.
Shultz wanted to play on a team where he would get a lot of ice time, and
a team that had a coaching style that agreed with him. Schultz respected
the attitude of Krueger. Schultz would have been given plenty of ice time
and Toronto , and probably less in Edmonton (depending on how he adjusted to the NHL of course). One could say that Schultz wanted to be on a team that was going to have a great chance to win the Stanley Cup in 2013, but only Vancouver fits that role and the Oilers are likely looking at two to three years before they get their shot, depending on their goaltending. Tambellini and Lowe forgot that they needed an elite goalie to make the road to a Stanley Cup victory that much easier, and they did not even draft a goalie in this year’s draft! Unbelievable! They ought to pat themselves on the back for that too. Vancouver
Yes people, I do hate to see Tambellini and Lowe taking credit for something that involved more luck than anything else. These two guys know no shame, and is it any wonder they were the first guys to bring cheerleaders into the NHL in
If the Oilers can’t put out an entertaining team without cheerleaders it is
time to pack it in boys. The people can get their “peeps” and sex at home! Kevin
Lowe should have phoned Gretzky to ask his opinion on the cheerleaders.
Certainly, Gretzky would have told him that it was sleazy, and Gretzky knows
because he had to put his daughter in place for flashing her stuff all over the
Regarding Schultz, he will make $925 000 a year for the next two seasons and also received a $92 500 signing bonus, but, the real money comes in performance bonuses as this takes him up to a potential 3.775 million US per year. Afterwards he will be a RFA and will have the opportunity at many millions if he performs as expected.
With Schultz on board, the Oilers just became a lot stronger and there is envy and concern in
that is for sure. Calgary