Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/27/13
Typically seven points in 12 games will get you positive reviews. For Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers, that just hasn’t been the case. Nor should it be. As it stands, no team in the NHL has been worse on defense than the Oilers. Despite adding Andrew Ference as a free agent and signing a two-way forward like Boyd Gordon, Edmonton still has been awful in its own zone. Leading the way in terrible defensive coverage is Schultz. He’s a minus-seven on the season, which literally washes out his seven points entirely. If the Oilers had their way, they would likely trade all of Schultz’s offense output for him to be a plus-five player. That isn’t how things work in the NHL though, and defensemen that are among the league’s best know how to pick their spots. Schultz doesn’t know how to do that yet. That has Edmonton looking high and low for some defensive help.
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