Originally posted on The Mark Graham Sports Blog  |  Last updated 6/30/12
This summer's prized rookie free agent has finally picked a team. A surprising team at that. Former University of Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz made the surprising choice of signing with the lowly Edmonton Oilers. Schultz, 21, was a former draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks, but never signed making him a free agent. The New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, and Minnesota Wild all took a shot at him but failed. It was the recruiting efforts of Wayne Gretzky and Taylor Hall that made Schultz sign with the Oilers. Schultz will sign a two year deal worth $925,000 per year with a $92,500 signing bonus, according to Rogers Sportsnet's Mark Spector. The signing of Schultz will add to what is becoming a solid foundation for the future of the Edmonton Oilers. Schultz could step right in and pay dividends for the Oilers due to lack of defenseman on their roster.
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