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.