College Hockey:
Wisconsin’s Schultz decides to sign NHL deal with Edmonton

Wisconsin junior defenseman Justin Schultz, who already announced this offseason that he would not be back for his senior season with the Badgers, announced Saturday that he would sign with the Edmonton Oilers once NHL free agency kicks in on July 1.

Schultz’s deal with the Oilers is reportedly a two-year contract.

Drafted in the second round (43rd overall) by the Anaheim Ducks in 2008, Schultz became a free agent after withdrawing from school and then opting not to sign with the Ducks earlier in June.

A two-time Hobey Baker finalist, Schultz was also a 2011 and 2012 first-team All-American, two-time first-team All-WCHA, two-time WCHA defensive player of the year and twice led all NCAA defensemen in goals and points.

Among the top 10 defensemen goal scorers in WCHA history, Schultz was the first defenseman in Wisconsin history to lead his team in goals after posting 16 this past season.

Schultz totaled 40 goals, 73 assists and 113 points, including 21 power-play goals and five game-winning tallies, in his 121-game college career.

This past season, Schultz was on the ice for 69 of Wisconsin’s 105 goals, 27 of UW’s 33 power-play goals and 10 of the squad’s 17 game-winning tallies.

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  • Second-rateNCHC


    Read the Chris Peters article on how the NCHc had a second rate tv contract and second rate playoff venue of the Target. Also the main thing he pointed out was the NCHC lacked name recognition unlike the Big 10 and the WCHA.

    Good article as Mr Peters looked at the big picture of the NCHC as the league will struggle in the long run.

    • frosty18

      Really? How about a bunch of second rate programs trying to keep the WCHA name, because without it, it would be a no name conference with medium to low tier college hockey programs!

      • WCHA Fan

        Second rate like Ferris State in the national title game last year? Bemidji State being the only team in the history of college hockey to make the frozen four outside of the big four conferences and as a 16 seed? Michigan Tech with ten frozen four appearances and several national titles? LSSU, BGSU, NMU with even more national titles to add? What can the “first rate” teams like St Cloud, Western Michigan, and UNO claim?
        Proud and history rich programs that make up the WCHA are not “trying” to keep the name. They are keeping it as it is the conference they belong to.
        The others chose to form a new conference and therefore chose a new name. Is the WCHA name really what keep you up at night?

        • B.D.

          “Michigan Tech with ten frozen four appearances and several national titles?”
          The most recent of these being when?
          “NMU with even more national titles to add?”
          The most recent of these being when?
          “LSSU with even more national titles to add?”
          The most recent of these being when?
          “BGSU with even more national titles to add?”
          The most recent of these being when?

    • B.D.

      Homeboy, what does this have to do with Schultz inking a deal with the NHL?

  • ShoeStringWCHA

    Those nine WChA programs choose to stay. The six WCHA programs choose to leave for the NcHC.

    Yes I agree the schools are small, located in middle of nowhere, and don’t have the biggest rinks. But does that make a bad hockey team. Welcome to the shoe string WCHA.

    MTU Huskies have three National Championships. LSSU Lakers have three National Championships, NMU Wildcats have one National Championship. Bowling Green has one National Championship.

    Miami, WMU, UNO, St Cloud and UMD have grand total of one National Championship.

    What Conference has name recognition, Not those NCHC programs.

  • B.D.

    Always sad to see a player leave early.
    Anybody know why he did not sign with the Ducks? I hadn’t heard

    • fan man

      I had heard that he wanted to sign with a Canadian team and be somewhat guaranteed a top 4 role on the teams Defensuve corps

  • ChrisPetersFanClub

    Chris Peters is my hero. He knows college hockey.

    He likes Hockey East, WCHA, and Big 10.

    But the NcHC, Who? Where? Why? When? What? How?

    Who? NCHC

    Why? Because Big formed and the clown Bruce McLeod

    Where? Target Center. Where? Colorado Springs

    When? 2013-2014 season

    What? The NCHC. What? The NCHC

    How? I don’t know. Five WCHA and one CCHA called a meeting and said we are a conference. Then they called on some leftovers to form eight. Hired a wrestler Commish.

    I hope this helps Chris Peters in knowing this new league.

    When I think of new sport leagues ,I think of


    WHAT Do all these new leagues have in common?

    They don’t play anymore.

    • B.D.

      This is apropos of nothing…
      How is this topical?

  • DucksFlyHigh

    I thought he would transfer to North Dakota or Windsor?

    Oh that’s Shmaltz and his brother.

    Green Bay to North Dakota (forget this stop. Don’t want to sand bag) to Windsor to St Louis Blues.

    I can see into the future.

    Skip college go to OHL. I see a trend.

    Spitfires have a nice city next store Detroit, Ann Arbor, and East Lansing simlar to Madison.

    • B.D.

      Irrational comments, please reconsider.

  • SiouxFlunky

    Windsor or Grand Forks or Madison or St Louis or Edmonton?

    Madison is the common denominator.

  • NotADuck

    Do ducks fly together?

    If they are “like minded”

    But dont some fall behind?

    If they aren’t “like minded”

    I get it so some of the ducks end up not staying with other ducks because they have a hard time flying.

    So that’s why Shultz didnt select the Ducks.

  • PoorNCHC

    UNO Mavericks have Zero National Championships

    St Cloud Huskies have Zero National Championships

    Maimi Redhawks have Zero National Championships.

    WMU Broncos have Zero National Championship

    CC Tigers have two National Championships.

    UMD Bulldogss have one National Championship.

    The NCHC sure is dominating the college hockey world.

    • B.D.

      Okay Homeboy, lets play…
      In the past year in the WCHA:
      St Cloud had a .500 season.
      Colorado College had a .554 season
      Minnesota Duluth had a .661 season.
      Nebraska Omaha had a .482 season.
      In the CCHA:
      Miami had a .571 year.
      The WMU also had a .571 year.
      Of the teams you take exception, all with one exception had winning seasons and are expected to repeat in much the same order this year.
      If you had to search for teams to make a premiere league, the combination of the willingness to expend resources on the program, coupled with quality programs producing winning seasons cannot be equaled.
      say all you want about the teams you continually cite as having won national titles, its all from the dark ages. Come out from the Merryfield Hall basement and Enter reality. It might sting…..

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