Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that if former Anaheim Ducks second round pick Justin Schultz becomes a free agent on July 1, the Rangers will attempt to land the former college teammate of Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh.
Brooks says that under normal circumstances the Rangers would pursue Schultz, but it may intensify with the uncertainty surrounding Michael Sauer who has been out with a concussion since December.
He is 6-1 and 185 lbs. Schultz is ranked 21st by The Hockey News in their Future Watch issue and is listed as the Ducks best prospect. He is a Hobey Baker nominee for the second straight season.
You can never have enough depth on defense and I would expect the Rangers to go on a big push for him. Toronto wanted him when they acquired Jake Gardiner (a Badger as well) and Joffrey Lupul so they will also pursue him in a big way. The Rangers have two players who can sell Schultz on the Rangers so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.