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Is Justin Schultz Worth The Hype?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As always, it’s worth wondering if it’s because of his talent — and the kid has a chunk of it — or simply because he is free, at least as of Monday. No need to trade players or prospects or picks to get him, no need to even expend a high draft selection — you just sign him.

This, going back to the days of Ray Staszak, has always caused NHL clubs to absolutely lose their minds and all perspective. Similar unrestricted young players have come on line in recent years, from Teddy Purcell to Matt Gilroy, from Fabian Brunnstrom to Jonas (The Monster) Gustavsson, from Jussi Rynnas to Mats (The Norwegian Hobbit) Zuccarello, from Christian Hanson to Tyler Bozak. Heck, once upon a time teams went bananas over Mike Van Ryn because he managed to make himself an unrestricted free agent.

They never seem to turn out to be stars. Adam Oates, signed by Detroit out of RPI back in ’85, certainly did, and he went on to a Hall of Fame career.

But sometimes, these kinds of UFAs don’t make it at all.

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Ducksworth's avatar

Ha, I was thinking the same thing. Sure is alot of hype for a player that hasn’t played one NHL game yet, could be another Matt Gilroy 2.0. I think he signs with the Oilers, young team with a shorthanded backend that will give him lots of minutes.

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 06/28/12 at 11:32 AM ET

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“Schultz was a B.C. Tier II player at the time and has since gone on to become a star at Wisconsin, increasing his marketabiity to the point the team that drafted him, Anaheim, couldn’t afford to sign him or at least didn’t believe he was worth that investment.”

Man, you think after being recently schooled by a blog for his complete lack of CBA understanding, Cox would pretend to act like a real journalist for a while and do things like fact check. 

I think Cox has always had a lot of competition for “worst hockey writer today” but I feel comfortable right now anointing him the dumbest.

Posted by jonquixote on 06/28/12 at 02:02 PM ET

John's avatar

Nope.  No 21 year old is worth this hype.

Posted by John from Pittsburgh, PA (Wings fan for life!) on 06/29/12 at 04:33 AM ET

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