RoyalDude wrote:Meds wrote:With the Oilers track record for defensemen of late, he could be a total bust, and considering their goaltending situation Schultz had better be a helluvalot better defensively than most guys playing in their first NHL season.
Tell us RD, do you really think that Gillis should have matched that contract offer?
Well, I don't like to get too worked up over AHL stats but if you wonder over to the AHL website and scan the stats, you will notice that Justin Schultz is leading the AHL in scoring with 6 goals and 9 assists for 15 points in 9 games. Not bad for a rookie D-man. Next guy on the list has 12 points. Much to popular belief around here, the Oilers actually have some very good prospects on defense, Oscar Klefbom is a highly touted prospect.
I'm not saying that they don't have prospects in their cupboard, just that they haven't really demonstrated a great track record when it comes to grooming blueline prospects into solid NHL defensemen who make a significant contribution on a regular basis. That may have something to do with the fact that they haven't had any decent NHL defensemen on their regular roster who can help bring those guys along. In the last few years it has been Pronger and Souray who have been their most touted blueliners, and Pronger wanted out and Souray had a shit attitude. I think we've all seen our share of Canuck disappointments when it comes to our prospect cupboard.