Pic from Edmonton Journal

Justin Schultz is from “West Kelowna,” BC, not unlike myself (Westbank, or Westside when I grew up there). Also like me, at 22 (his current age), he is a hockey player. Unlike me, however, is this tidbit: he’s really, really fucking good at being one.

While the lockout persists, he plays for the Edmonton Oilers farm team – a group with a first line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle – and they just had their home opener this week. After the first two games in Oklahoma, he’s been named the AHL’s player of the week. Solid start.

As a rookie defenseman, he scored three times in those two games, and added an assist. Those numbers are incredible for a defenseman, let alone a rookie defenseman, let alone the fact that two of his three goals were shorties. Short-handed-rookie-defenseman-goals: not that common.

As a fan of the New York Islanders, I’m quite happy my team seems to have as much or more young talent than most other NHL teams. As a fan of the New York Islanders, I’m petrified of the Edmonton Oilers in the future.

Comments (1)

  1. Here’s looking for history to repeat. 2014 is the new 1984. Sorry Isles.

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