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BLOG: A “prove it” deal for Schultz

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers agreed to terms with defenceman Justin Schultz on a one-year deal on Wednesday. The length of the contract gives Schultz the 2015-16 season to prove he can be the player he was expected to be coming out of college at the University of Wisconsin.

“I think the one-year deal makes sense,” Schultz said on Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer. “It gives me another year to prove what I’ve got. If I have a good year then hopefully I can get a longer term deal and be in Edmonton for a long time. I know exciting things are coming here and it’s just the start of it. Hopefully it’s a big year here.”

Consistency is something Schultz wants to have more of heading into his fourth pro season.

“Obviously, I can play better,” said Schultz. “I was very inconsistent last year and even the year before. It’s about bringing my best game every night and playing like the player I’ve played like in the past, that I know I can play like. It’s going to be a big year for me. I’m excited.”

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