Oilers keep defenseman Justin Schultz on one-year deal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Edmonton, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – The Edmonton Oilers have retained restricted free agent defenseman Justin Schultz on a one-year contract reportedly worth $3.675 million.

“I knew it was going to get done,” Schultz told the team’s website. “I didn’t want to drag it on into training camp and be a distraction. I wanted to get something done, they were the same way and it worked out well.”

The 24-year-old had 11 goals and 33 points in 74 games last season while leading the team in average time on ice at 23:20 per game. He also was a minus-22, and hopes to improve that number this season.

“I want to be a plus player,” he said. “Improving my plus/minus is something that’s going to come with being better defensively. Also, having a better team game and winning more games. Hopefully we get off to a good start and build off that.”

General manager Craig MacTavish said Schultz had a lot of “untapped potential”, saying he’s going to be a great player and a great Oiler.”

Schulz joined the Oilers as a free agent in 2012. He has 19 goals and 60 points in 122 games in his two seasons with Edmonton.

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