sounds like the fitness/skating issues will be his biggest obstacle, but given our lineup, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a taste of the NHL as early as this year... given our lineup, I'd much rather see him get a call-up and play 5-10 minutes on the 4th line then Maxwell/Palushaj/Desharnais.
let's face it, our roster is warm butter soft, and while I agree with those who argue that several of our players play a "tough" game even without being physically imposing, at the end of the day we don't have anyone pencilled in right now who can physically handle the goons/tough guys most of our opponents will be all to eager to use against us (anyone notice mcgrattan getting a try-out with the "B's"... come playoff time, I'd love to see the B's dress that guy against us, but in mid-january, watching him or a player like him take liberties on our guys with only Moen or Lapierre to "step-in" is a little distressing.
Schultz is as tough as they come, and I've heard from a few different first-hand sources that he was downright feared during his last year in the dub... despite being a top 6 guy for the Hitmen, even the pure goons on the other squads were hesitant to tangle with him... that says a lot imo.
Hopefully, Martin and co. (and then Cunneyworth and co. in Hamilton) do a good of showing this kid that if he puts in the conditioning/skating work, he'll be able to have a successful career... and that Schultz has the desire and motivation to make it happen.
Yep that's what Martin said, skatinf and fitness is his big issues right now.
from what i've heard, he's defensively responsible and can already lay out men with big hits. If he takes a year or two to just focus on conditioning and skating, i can't see him not making the team eventually.
How is it possible, in this day and age, that he needs to work on fitness?
you know he's a young adult, he haven't played yet at pro level, where he learn to work on his fitness and how to eat. You know futur stars like Hall, Crosby, Staal already had their personal fitness trainer before coming in NHL... so you can't blame a guy for not being in shape, just look at Latendresse, he had to work hard to lose his fat when he made his first training camp with the Habs.
PK f' Subban had to pay his dues in the AHL but Ian Schultz should go straight from the WHL to the NHL? Right...
There's a big difference between Schultz and Subban though...Subban is a potential #1 dman and needed to play big minutes in order to help his development. Having him play 10 minutes a night would not have been beneficial to him.
Schultz, on the other hand, is a potential 3/4th liner. If he can get 4th line minutes on the big club, it probably wouldn't hurt his potential. You are probably looking at 10-12 minutes a night in the AHL vs. 5-8 in the NHL. Not a huge difference.