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D-man Schultz excited to make Kings debut

May 5, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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With Robyn Regehr injured, it looks like Jeff Schultz will suit up on the Kings’ blue line tonight against the Ducks, making his first appearance in an NHL game since March 13, 2013, when he was still with the Capitals.

Schultz has been called up from AHL Manchester, where he had 13 points in 67 games this season.

Regehr isn’t the only veteran d-man the Kings are expected to be missing tonight. Willie Mitchell is also injured, with coach Darryl Sutter offering nothing in terms of an update.

“I’m not talking anything about injuries, ever,” Sutter said, per LA Kings Insider. “It’s not something that you should have to talk about publicly. It’s to protect the player, not give the other team the advantage.”

Schultz, not surprisingly, is excited at the prospect of returning to NHL action.

“I worked hard all year,” he said, “and didn’t think this day was going to come, but I have the opportunity to help the team win, and I’m going to go out there and do my best, and do what they ask of me to do.”

Related: Get your game notes: Kings at Ducks

  1. lowenni - May 5, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    As a Caps fan I was very happy to see this guy bought out last summer. He was once turning out to be a very solid top-4 shutdown defenseman, and when paired with Mike Green one year was a +50 (no not a typo, and although it is a flawed stat, that’s still impressive). However he eventually looked lost, slow, and offensively incapable and was simply a liability. I did not watch or see him at all this year in the AHL and I don’t really think he’s an NHL quality defenseman, at least on a team like the Kings. All that being said, I’m glad he’s getting a shot again with the Kings in a high-pressure situation like this and I’m interested to see how he plays. Best of luck to him, he may not get another chance.

    • rsl22 - May 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      As another Caps fan, Schultz was a pylon and barely an ECHL quality defender.

      I blame him for Green’s struggles with injuries over the last few years. Schultz’s unwillingness to ever take the body or play in corners forced Green to handle everything himself, and it took a huge toll on him.

      Plus, I’ve never seen a player so unable to make a tape-to-tape pass. Kings fans, count the number of times a timid Schultz blindly throws the puck out to a Ducks’ defender or off the glass to no one in particular. Every so often you need to clear the zone; I get that. But it can’t be every time.

  2. wethog66 - May 5, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    This Jeff Schultz?

    [IMG]http://i59.tinypic.com/28apybq.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i62.tinypic.com/6dqo3m.jpg[/IMG]

    Lurch looking guy that gets abused by smaller players on a regular basis?

    Enjoy, Kings fans.

    • wethog66 - May 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Darn, copied them from a message board post. Sorry.

      Still worth a look, IMO

      • rsl22 - May 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Or this Schultz:

        http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view2/2049988/jeff-schultz-o.gif

      • blomfeld - May 5, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        OR PERHAPS THIS SCHULTZ ?

        LOL ! You guys are way too negative. I mean seriously man, at least give this young guy a chance here eh ? Anyway, he’s now playing with the ‘real’ deal, the ‘glorious’ Kings of Los Angeles … not some two bit ‘popcorn’ operation like the Capitals ! Of course that might be a tad too much for you clowns to comprehend, given that you likely haven’t been a fan of the Kings like me since 2256 BC ! :)

        GO SCHULTZ GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        ps: and welcome aboard friend :)

  3. wethog66 - May 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    I watched 7 years of good old Double Nickel routinely get over powered by players smaller than him and constantly skated around by every opponent, regardless of size, he faced. Nice guy, but slow/soft defensemen for how big he is. You bandwagon Kings fans will find that out soon enough.

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