I guess we can retire the Jultz nickname now that we’re blessedly down to a single Schultz in the Oilers lineup but I thought that this graph was kind of interesting. It’s a rolling comparison of the Corsi% of Martin Marincin and Justin Schultz in the 26 games that Marincin has played this year.
I don’t really know what conclusions we should draw from this. I will say that I’ve been a bit of a Justin Schultz skeptic in the sense that I’ve never really been convinced that he’s going to be a top pairing defenceman. I mean, I don’t really have any evidence that he won’t be but he’s not been a guy who’s jumped out at me. In fairness to him, it’s very early in his NHL career, although he turns 24 this summer. The same rules that applied when Dustin Penner came to Edmonton and people wanted to say it was just his third NHL season even though he was 25 apply to Schultz.
That being said…boy is that ever a large gap. It’s just 26 games but the fact that it’s Marincin’s first 26 games, he’s two years younger and the gap is massive is kind of concerning. That being said, It’s possibly noteworthy that Marincin and Schultz have done about as well together as Marincin and Petry. I don’t know that I’d make a big commitment to Schultz yet if I was the Oilers but I might try and add an honest to goodness number one left handed shot defenceman for him to play with.
As far as Marincin goes, he and Petry have given the Oilers the first consistently respectable defence pairing they’ve had in a while. As far as things to watch for while this lost season plays out, watching the two of them to see if they can continue to improve together is pretty high on my list.Email Tyler Dellow at email@example.com