The writing has been on the wall since the end of the Wisconsin men’s hockey season.
Though it was far from a done deal at the time, it appeared likely that two-time Hobey Baker finalist, defenseman, Justin Schultz was going to leave Madison a year early to pursue his professional career.
The Schultz saga came to on official conclusion Sunday when the defenseman from Kelowna, British Columbia inked his deal with the Edmonton Oilers. The two-year, entry level deal, will be worth $925,000 per year. Schultz also received a $92,500 signing bonus.
Edmonton’s pitch reportedly included the promise of immediate playing time and phone calls from Paul Coffey and Wayne Gretzke.
At the press conference on Saturday to announce his signing Schultz gave his thinking on making the choice to join Edmonton. "A little overwhelming at times. I didn't expect to get this much attention," said Schultz. "I think Edmonton was always in the back of my mind with all the young talent they have here."