: Post-Game Talk:
Oilers lose 4-3 in SO
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03-21-2013, 12:58 AM
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Not going to get into Eberle, but Justin Schultz is what he is - a rookie defenseman struggling with even strength minutes in a top-4 role. If our GM was competent he'd have a steady partner in a bottom-6 role or a rock-solid shutdown partner (Smid) in a 2nd pairing role. He isn't, so Schultz is having the obvious struggles in his role.
He's never been an effective even-strength point producer or offensive kick-starter at the NHL level - most of his points seem to be coming on the PP.
Schultz had a good start to the season... I dont think his struggles are due to NHL talent being too much for him to handle.. He handled them fine the first few games..
We might have burnt him out for the year playing him so much in the AHL.. The guy is used to playing 40 games seasons and he is over the 70 game mark already for this season.
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