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The Edmonton Oilers sign defenseman Justin Schultz to a 1-year contract

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The Edmonton Oilers announced Friday that they had re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Justin Schultz to a one-year contract. While financial terms were not disclosed, the deal is reportedly worth $3.675 million.

“I think we are both pretty happy in getting it done, having this drag on,” said Schultz. “I’m happy with the contract. I obviously have to prove myself more to get a longer term. Hopefully I have a good year this year, the team does better and we’ll get it done.”

The 24-year-old Schultz led Oilers defensemen in scoring with 11 goals and 33 points in 74 games. He also led the team in time on ice, averaging 23:20 per game. A second-round selection by Anaheim Ducks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Schultz signed with the Oilers in the summer of 2012, after the Ducks were unable to come to terms with the defenseman by the deadline to retain his rights.

Due to the lockout in 2012-2013, Schultz began his professional career with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL. Despite joining the Oilers after the lockout was lifted, he still became the first rookie to ever capture the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman; scoring 18 goals and 48 points in just 34 games. In 122 career NHL games, Schultz has 19 goals and 60 points.

The 6’2” Schultz returns to an Oilers blueline that features a few new faces; as Nikita Nikitin, Mark Fayne and Keith Aulie were all added in the offseason.

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