Steve-O’s initial thoughts: Terrible trade. Absolutely terrible. Although I know nothing about Schultz.
Steve-O more rational thoughts 3 hours later: I still think we gave away a better D man. At best we broke even.
Here’s what I’ve been able to dig up about Nick Schultz:
Has excellent speed, mobility and grit for the blue-line position. Plays with poise and is capable of logging a lot of minutes. Always gives his all and leads by example.
Lacks the physicality to truly dominate offensive forwards. Doesn’t play with a lot of confidence in the offensive zone at the NHL level.
Solid defensive defenseman.
He’s 6’1, 200 lbs and shoots left (sucks losing a righty in Gilbert.. especially one that excels at moving the puck) and 29 years old.
$3.5M cap hit until end of 2013-14, so the Oilers save $500k in salary.
This is what the experts are calling a “hockey trade”. Tom Gilbert returns to his home of Minnesota.
Schultz averaged 19:35 in TOI this year so far with the Wild, with what looks like 2nd line pairing on the PP and top pairing on the PK.