Justin Schultz, first star of last night’s 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, may be raising the bar with his on-ice performance and it hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially by his teammate Taylor Hall.
“He’s got an amazing skill set. He’s up there with guys that are winning the Norris Trophy and getting 70 points a year. He’s got that same skill set,” said Hall.
“He’s a guy that, I think we’re all just seeing this training camp, has taken a lot more initiative on the physical front… He’s standing up for his teammates and when a guy like that does it, it kind of forces you to raise your level to compete. It’s great to see.”
Even Oilers rookie Connor McDavid has admired Schultz’s playing style that he’s conveyed thus far in training camp.
“You could for sure see that he’s a guy that’s never out of the play. Even if the odd time he gets beat, he can get back right away,” said McDavid.
Hall believes that the improvement of play in his teammates, individually and as a whole, may have something to do with the hard-work ethic that fires them up during camp — whether in practice or game mode.
“I think we have a different makeup personnel-wise and I think we’re starting to come around on the traits we want to have as a team,” said Hall.