Justin Schultz and the Oilers agreed to terms on a one-year contract on Wednesday. For Schultz, the 2015-16 season will be his fourth in the professional ranks. He has yet to play in the playoffs as a pro.
“It’s been a long couple years,” Schultz told Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now. “It’s not fun losing, that’s for sure.”
This off-season has a much different feel to it, considering the volume of changes to the organization. It started with Bob Nicholson taking over as CEO and the Oilers winning the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery. Peter Chiarelli was named President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, then he hired Todd McLellan as Head Coach. The Oilers used that lottery pick to take Connor McDavid and the changes continued.
“We all want to get better, we all want to win and I think it’s close here with these changes. It’s going to be good for us,” said Schultz.
A new coaching staff, new players brought in via draft, trade and free agency and a new leader as GM all have Schultz ready to hit the ice for the upcoming season.
“It’s exciting to say the least,” said Schultz. “It kind of gives guys like me a fresh start and a clean slate to show what I’ve got, to show these guys. I’m looking forward to working with Todd and obviously getting Connor is unbelievable. A lot of excitement around Edmonton right now. It’s good times to be there.”