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Justin Schultz wants to earn his roster spot in Edmonton

Jun 30, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

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With all the hype surrounding Justin Schultz in the lead up to him signing with the Edmonton Oilers, you might assume that’s he’s been essentially guaranteed a roster spot out of training camp. However, Schultz emphasized to Ryan Dittrick of EdmontonOilers.com that’s not the case.

“I made it perfectly clear – and they did as well – and there’s no guarantees in this game, and you got to earn what you get,” Schultz said. “I don’t want to be that guy that has a guaranteed spot. I want to earn my spot, and the Oilers’ were definitely supportive of that.”

It would have been understandable if Schultz had let the courtship go to his head. After all, Edmonton went all out in their efforts to lock up Schultz. They even had Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey call the 21-year-old defenseman to appeal to him directly.

“Going into that process, I definitely didn’t expect that,” Schultz admitted and added that they offered insight on the city of Edmonton and what it’s like to play for the Oilers.

Naturally, Coffey and Gretzky remember the Oilers from their glory days, but given the young talent gathering in Edmonton now, they might be on the verge of a second dynasty.

Even if Schultz hasn’t been promised anything, there’s a good chance that he’ll earn a spot on the Oilers’ opening game roster. He might even end up serving on Edmonton’s top power-play unit.

There will be high expectations surrounding him after all the media attention he’s gotten this summer, but it’s nice to see that it at least sounds like he’s maintained a level head through this process.

  1. mainevent7567 - Jun 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    riighhtt……

  2. jernster21 - Jun 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Can’t BS a BSer.

  3. t16rich - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    ???? Based off what we have heard, you were picking your new team based off guaranteed ice time. Doesn’t sound like earning to me.

  4. ray2013 - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    So he hand-picked the worst defensive corps in the league and is now talking about earning his spot? As long as he can tie his own skates, he’ll make the team, and be top-2 D. The phony talk now just isn’t cutting it.

  5. ray2013 - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    If he wanted to earn his spot on a team (out of his top 5 teams), he should have picked the Canucks or the Rangers. Pick a team that’s actually made the playoffs. If he’s as good as they claim, he’d earn his way on, and pay his dues coming up with either team.

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Gotta love his agent. This kid can’t possibly live up to the hype his camp has created for him; (and) as a U.S. collegiate defenseman, (well) NHL forwards are going to send him back to the quads searching for cold pizza and sorority girls by November. Good score, Oil.

  7. rainyday56 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Coilers are still a crappy team until proven otherwise.

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