2011-12 Year-End Review: Jeff Schultz

Jeff Schultz has a good, strong German name with lots of consonants, which makes it very satisfying to yell. This is fortunate, since we yelled his name a lot this season. If you yell it angrily enough, it almost feels like swearing, doesn’t it? We appreciate the small blessings.

Cap Hit: $2.75 M. Jeff Schultz is signed through 2013-14, and he will be UFA after the expiration of that contract.

Best Moment: Schultz had a couple of moments when it looked like he could be picking up the Dale Hunter spirit, including the February game against the Panthers where he was on fire, defending, hitting hard, and even drawing a boarding call. Yes, that Jeff Schultz.

Things We Said About Jeff Schultz: “Just HIT HIM, Jeff, he’s RIGHT THERE.”

First Irrelevant Google Images Result:

Okay.

Media Consensus: “A Wideman-Schultz defensive pairing may not be the best idea.”

Spirit Animal: Beaker.

Alternate Universe Superhero Identity: Sarge

Team Role: Top-four, positional defenseman with good reach.

Execution of that Role: Schultz didn’t meet the exacting standards of Hunter Hockey, and had to stay after class for special tutoring with Jim Johnson while the other kids all went to recess. After an intense rehaul of his entire being, Schultz once again made it into the lineup for short stretches, and then on a regular basis. Unfortunately, there did not seem to be any permanent improvement — instead he got worse, becoming a weak spot to be exploited in two different systems trying to emphasize defense. On the upside, there were none of these:

Postseason Performance: Schultz began the playoffs as a part of the lineup, but defensive errors sent him back to the press box by Game Four of the first round. He got back on the ice for Game Seven and played all but one of game of the second round, and in ten games somehow managed to never be on the ice for a goal scored by the Caps.

Beard Rating: 

Photo credit: Cheryl Nichols. 

Patchy but not offensive. Three out of ten.

Likeliness to Return: Through his declining performance, Jeff Schultz has gone from being an appropriately paid top pairing defenseman to an overpaid sixth or seventh defenseman. We could be making better use of that $2.75 M. Five out of ten.

Usefulness in a Post-Apocalyptic Setting: Well. If we ever needed to reach something off a high shelf, I guess he’d come in handy. Two out of ten.

Other: Schultz participated in the 4th of July festivities at the National Archives, doing a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, strong Canadian accent and all.

Overall Year-End Rating: Eight Bad Sashas.

For statistical analysis of Schultz’s season, see Japers’ Rink or Peerless Prognosticator.

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  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    underrated player

    there i said it

  • Ana

    HIPSTER.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I liked Jeff Schultz when it was cool, and I continued after it stopped being cool.

    There is nothing less hipster than that.

    Except maybe this vinyl LP of Stiff Little Fingers’ Nobody’s Heroes, first pressing.

    Wait.

  • http://twitter.com/TrashSauce Michael

    Oh c’mon, he did have that one really good game in the second round. One in ten isn’t…oh right, sorry.

  • http://twitter.com/depleti Sarah Schanze

    You forgot that time he got a puck stuck in his pants! That was something.

  • Lady Di

    Why does he have such a long contract? Aren’t there any short teams who would love to have this tall guy? For as big as he is, he seems to be timid.

  • CurtMcCormick

    The man infuriates me. You know: one is allowed to make contact with the other team. Please see “Dean Evason tirade” from earlier today. Jeff is the poster-child for this passive style.

  • PuckBuddyDoug

    Beaker. OMG. Does that make Boudreau the Swedish Chef?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20122ALLSAAALL&sort=roadHits&viewName=realTimeStats

    Biggest hitting teams in the NHL this year. NYR, PIT, STL, LA, COL, DAL, MIN, TOR, NJD, CAL.

    Half those teams didn’t even make the playoffs. Hitting isn’t winning.

  • http://twitter.com/bcpepe Brigette Carhart

    He gave my 4 year old a puck. In my eyes, the guy can do no wrong.

  • Karr

    Did you guys over look John Erskine? If so, I guess that’s a pretty poetic homage to the season…

  • KareeLyn

    Why did it just call me Karr? :( Trigger happy I guess… sorry.

  • Alex

    LOLLLLL

  • Elchadeo

    COMPLETELY CONCUR. The problem is that GMGM drafted him in the first round so it seems that there is strong desire to give him many many chances to succeed, lets they admit failure (something GM has never done as far as i know).