By Maximillian C. Burgos | Contributing Writer
Five-year veteran defense man Justin Schultz re-signed with the Pittsburg Penguins. He has received a three-year, $16.5 million deal.
Last season, Schultz had a career season with career-highs in goals scored (12), assists (39), points (51), and +/- (27). He averaged just over 20 minutes on the ice per game in 78 games.
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General manager Jim Rutherford feels that Schultz is an important part of the Penguins team and was glad that he would be returning for another year.
Schultz was a is a good fit for the Penguins defense and a well-rounded player with his contributions on offense.
The Penguins acquired him during the ’15 – ’16 trade deadline from the Edmonton Oilers and he hasn’t disappointed. He helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2017 over the Nashville Predators.
He was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2008 NHL Draft, but was unable to reach an agreement with them. He was subsequently acquired by the Oilers, spending four seasons with them.
In 344 career games, Schultz has accumulated 41 goals and assists, showing that he is not only a valued defenseman but also a solid part of the offense.
Schultz’s role on the Penguins’ squad will be even more important in ’17-’18 season since the Penguins lost two solid veterans in Ron Hainsey and Trevor Daley.
The Penguins will be looking for a ‘three-peat’ and Schultz will be right there with them.
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