Mailbag: Who Is Justin Schultz?

Michael: Who is this Justin Schultz guy that you are writing about? If he is so good, why will he be a free agent?

Adam: Schultz was a 2008 second round pick of Anaheim, a few picks before Derek Stepan, and can be a free agent this July 1 due to a clause in the CBA. Anaheim wanted to sign him and put him on defense immediately, but Schultz is weighing his options

In 2011, Schultz was ranked 59th by The Hockey News in their Future Watch issue and say that he made tremendous strides from his freshman to sophomore season. On his style of play, they wrote in 2011, “Schultz loves to handle the puck and is especially dangerous on the power play. Schultz knows when to move the puck and when to join the rush.”

This year, Schultz was ranked 21st in the Future Watch issue and they say that besides his offense, Schultz has gotten stronger and worked to strengthen the defensive part of his game.

Schultz is a Hobey Baker nominee for the second straight season.

It was reported yesterday that the Rangers may have the inside track of Schultz due to the Rangers having two of his former Wisconsin teammates Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh. They all played together during the 2009-10 season and Schultz and Derek Stepan played on the power play together.

The Rangers were first linked to Schultz in mid-March.