COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Nick Schultz from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fifth round selection at the 2014 NHL Draft, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Schultz is expected to join the Blue Jackets in Chicago prior to Thursday’s game vs. the Blackhawks.
Schultz, 31, has appeared in 871 career NHL games with the Oilers and Minnesota Wild, recording 27 goals and 118 assists for 145 points with 380 penalty minutes. He has tallied 0-4-4 and 24 PIM in 60 games with Edmonton this season.
A native of Strasbourg, Saskatchewan, Schultz has represented Canada at the IIHF World Championships on three occasions, winning gold medals in 2004 and 2007 and finishing fourth in 2006. He also won bronze in 2001 and silver in 2002 at the World Junior Championships as a member of Team Canada.
Originally selected by Minnesota in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Schultz recorded a career-high 20 points (1-19-20) with the Wild in 2009-10. He served as Minnesota’s captain for part of the 2007-08 season and has been an alternate captain in Edmonton for each of the past two years.