+18 on the year. I always thought he got an unfair wrap in Edmonton, thrown into a role he was not ready for (first pairing).
This brings his season total to 17 points in 30 games, good for 0.57 points per game. He’s on the same top-scoring list as the NHL’s truly elite d-men, tied with New York’s Ryan McDonagh, just behind Duncan Keith and Dustin Byfuglien and just ahead of Brent Seabrook and Morgan Rielly. That’s good company, though one of these things (Schultz) is not like the others.
All of the other d-men at the top of the list play more than 20 minutes per game. Schultz plays just 16:58. He is third-pairing in Pittsburgh, teamed up with Ian Cole, and behind the Top 4 of Olli Maatta, Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin and Trevor Daley. That’s s luxury Schultz never had in Edmonton, playing sheltered minutes on a team with a real No. 1 d-man, and other solid defenders.