Justin Schultz, D, Penguins: Not that long ago, Schultz was a pretty big deal. He racked up 91 points in his final two years at the University of Wisconsin; he went 18-30-48 in a 34-game trial in the AHL; and he exploded with 8-19-27 in his NHL debut in Edmonton four years ago, a 48-game sample.
Since then, Schultz has been more hit and miss. Playing in Edmonton, of course, he was routinely buried in the minus. Eventually he was moved off the power play, and last year he finished up with the Penguins.
Pittsburgh doesn’t need Schultz to be a power-play quarterback — though he’ll get some secondary-unit activity — but just being on a high-scoring team agrees with him. Schultz is off to a 3-10-13 push through 27 games, with a league-best plus-16 rating. He’s scored at least one point in five straight starts, collecting 10 points over that span. Although fantasy owners have been jumping onRead More »from NHL Stock Watch: Justin Schultz rising, Oliver Ekman-Larsson falling