Jeff Schultz

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Jeff Schultz
Jeff Schultz 2013-03-19.JPG
Born (1986-02-25) February 25, 1986 (age 29)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Los Angeles Kings
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 27th overall, 2004
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2006–present

Jeff Schultz (born February 25, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round, 27th overall, in 2004.

Playing career[edit]

With the Capitals in 2008.

Schultz was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round, 27th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft as one of the Capitals' three first-round picks that year.

Schultz spent four seasons (2002–03 to 2005–06) in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Calgary Hitmen. He played seven games in the 2005–06 playoffs for the Capitals' top minor league affiliate, the Hershey Bears, helping them capture the Calder Cup.

Schultz made his NHL debut for the Capitals on December 22, 2006, against the New Jersey Devils. He played four games with Washington before being returned to Hershey. At the end of the season, Schultz had played in 38 games with the Capitals.

Schultz was nicknamed "Mr. Nasty"[1] by Pierre McGuire early in 2010.

At the end of the 2009–10 season, Schultz led the NHL in the plus-minus statistical category with a +50 rating, becoming the first Capital to do so.

A record was set by Schultz in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs in Washington`s 4–2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. He was on the ice for a post-season record 119 consecutive minutes without being scored upon in the Stanley Cup playoffs, before Steve Downie of the Lightning scored a goal.

On July 2, 2013, after two successive diminishing seasons on the Capitals, Schultz was given a compliance buyout of his final year of his contract with Washington, releasing him as an unrestricted free agent.[2]

On July 5, 2013, he was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Kings to a one-year deal.[3] He was later placed on waivers by the Kings shortly prior to the regular season's commencement.[4] After clearing waivers, he reported to the Kings' AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. On December 3, Schultz was called up by the Kings,[5] later being reassigned to Manchester on February 5, 2014; he did not make an appearance of Los Angeles during his two-month call-up.[6] He was then recalled by the Kings during the 2014 playoffs, and made his debut with the Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi-finals against the Anaheim Ducks.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Schultz has a younger brother, Ian, a Montreal Canadiens prospect who was selected 87th overall in 2008 by the St. Louis Blues. Ian is currently playing in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Unlike Jeff, Ian is a forward and is known as a tough player with a reputation for fighting on the ice.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Calgary Hitmen WHL 50 2 1 3 4 4 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Calgary Hitmen WHL 72 11 24 35 33 7 1 1 2 0
2004–05 Calgary Hitmen WHL 72 2 27 29 31 12 2 1 3 6
2005–06 Calgary Hitmen WHL 68 7 33 40 36 13 4 6 10 6
2005–06 Hershey Bears AHL 7 1 3 4 4
2006–07 Hershey Bears AHL 44 2 10 12 39 19 0 1 1 18
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 38 0 3 3 16
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 72 5 13 18 28 2 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 64 1 11 12 21 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Washington Capitals NHL 73 3 20 23 32 7 0 1 1 4
2010–11 Washington Capitals NHL 72 1 9 10 12 9 0 0 0 6
2011–12 Washington Capitals NHL 54 1 5 6 12 10 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Washington Capitals NHL 26 0 3 3 12
2013–14 Manchester Monarchs AHL 67 2 11 13 32 2 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Manchester Monarchs AHL 52 3 13 16 30 14 0 3 3 10
2014–15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 9 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 408 11 65 76 137 36 0 1 1 14

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada WJC18 4th 7 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 7 0 0 0 2

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
AHL
Calder Cup (Hershey Bears) 2006
Calder Cup (Manchester Monarchs) 2015 [9]
NHL
Plus-minus Leader 2009–10
Stanley Cup (Los Angeles Kings) 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cassese, Mike (January 20, 2010). "Jeff Schultz is "Mr. Nasty"". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Capitals will buy-out Jeff Schultz". The Washington Post. July 2, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kings sign Schultz to one-year deal". National Hockey League. July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Lisa Dillman Kings waive Jeff Schultz, send three players to Manchester Los Angeles Times September 29, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  5. ^ Kings Announce Player Transactions National Hockey League. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  6. ^ Kings Announce Player Transactions National Hockey League. February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Caps alum Jeff Schultz to make L.A. Kings debut May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014
  8. ^ "More to Schultz than firing punches". The Calgary Herald. September 12, 2008. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Manchester defeats Utica to win Calder Cup". National Hockey League. 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 

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Preceded by
Alexander Ovechkin
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
2004
Succeeded by
Mike Green