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[Speculation] Possibility Of Justin Schultz Signing With Vancouver

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West Kelowna native, Justin Schultz, from Wisconsin U, possibly the best college player not in the NHL might become a Canuck. just like what Billy Sweatt did. Please read the link.

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Since Schultz played a year of junior hockey after being drafted, he can become a free agent over the summer if he chooses. The NHL CBA has a loophole that says if you officially withdraw from school (simply has to tell UW he's leaving) and it's the fourth summer after you've been drafted, you can choose to become a free agent.

Not many players do this, but Jason Gregoire from North Dakota chose this route last year. Other players like Bill Sweatt from Colorado College have done the same.

In this scenario, Schultz could earn $925,000 in salary each season with a $92,500 signing bonus both years.

The obvious advantage to this would be that Justin could pick and choose where he wants to play. Being a top 10 prospect in the world, Schultz could essentially choose any team in the NHL to play for next season. Would he want to be closer to his home and play for the Vancouver Canucks? Would he want to go play with a former teammate, or choose a better situation?"

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Doubt he'll come here. Sweatt hasn't even been given a chance to make the club, so why would he waste his time trying to crack the roster?

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This is pure speculation. It would be nice, but it is very unlikely.

I would have to make a Mike Gillis SHRINE if this were to happen. But Bob Murray wants to sign him bad and right now he has the upper hand.

I loved this quote from the article:

"Schultz looks filthy good every shift he takes for Wisconsin and he clearly doesn't belong in college anymore. His ability to make plays at both ends and control the game is pretty high end," HP writer Corey Pronman wrote on January 18th.
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Doubt he'll come here. Sweatt hasn't even been given a chance to make the club, so why would he waste his time trying to crack the roster?

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He might come here because of the hometown factor but he might also want to go somewhere where he'll actually have a chance to play. Vancouver isn't the greatest place for prospect development. Another factor is that he plays on the same team as Labate.

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Can't hurt to have another defenseman in development. If he wants to play in the NHL right away though, Vancouver might not the place.

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Why wouldn't he get a chance in Vancouver? Seems to me we're going to have some holes on D next season.

He would have just as good of a chance to make the team as Tanev, Sauve, or Connauton.

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He's 21, weighs 185lbs. He will need to fill out before he makes any teams roster or he will get manhandled.

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That would be really good. I hope that we can package Sauve with Scheneids for a top 2 pick this year, then Salo will retire and sign Schultz. He can be on the top pairing in the AHL and maybe be called up for a few NHL games.

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I'd love to sign him, but it would make sense for him to go somewhere where he can make an immediate impact.

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He might come here because of the hometown factor but he might also want to go somewhere where he'll actually have a chance to play. Vancouver isn't the greatest place for prospect development. Another factor is that he plays on the same team as Labate.

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Anaheim has to get this kid signed, he's playing in the NHL next year

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It'd be epic, but I don't see it happening. Not sure why he doesn't just re-up with the Ducks!

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