The futures of defensemen Justin Schultz and John Ramage have been a source of great speculation in the Wisconsin hockey community and beyond.
Both have been drafted- Schultz by the Anaheim Ducks (43rd overall) in 2008 and Ramage by the Calgary Flames (103rd overall) in 2010.
Though they both have a chance to make an impact at the next level, but their paths to get there will likely vary significantly. Not surprising considering they are two different breeds of player.
Schultz has received the bulk of the attention and deservedly so. His impressive resume partnered with a unique situation brought about by a loophole in the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement have made him a valued commodity at the professional level despite not having officially voiced his intentions.
In a nutshell, Schultz has three options. He could sign with Anaheim and forgo a year of his entry-level contract. This would open the door to a lucrative deal sooner.
Thanks to language in the CBA, Schultz could ...