I've talked a lot about Justin Schultz, because I'm a pro-sour grapes kind of guy. Years ago (on an essentially defunct blog) I collected a bunch of tweets that Ducks fans sent out mentioning him, all of which weren't too flattering, which were later read on Edmonton radio airwaves as proof of how savage we all are here in the States.
Now that we've had time to distance ourselves from the situation, let's look at how Oilers fans feel about the golden boy who walked out on us and instead chose Edmonton, Team of the Future™ -- Here are some random recent tweets mentioning him, in no particular order...
It is so painful to watch Justin Schultz. Whether its confidence/courage, heart or smarts, a trip to the Wizard of Oz is in order. #Oilers— Benjamin in Edmonton (@Ben_in_yeg) December 10, 2014
Justin schultz no compete level on sharks second goal. Soft.— Rod Phillips (@oilvoice37) December 10, 2014
Justin Schultz is bad at hockey.— Clarke Ruehlen (@cruehlen) December 10, 2014
Justin Schultz should just change his name to Justin Schitz.— Jeff (@jrock71) December 8, 2014
If you wanna be a good defenseman, watch Justin Schultz, and then don't do what he does.— Ryan Gibbons (@FilmWriter_Ryan) December 10, 2014
So the Oilers are better without Justin Schultz playing 23 minutes? You don't say.— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) November 28, 2014
Serious question, how is Justin Schultz still seeing ice time with an NHL club?— Wade Keyte III (@WadeKeyte) December 10, 2014
I think you get the point.
Over two years ago when Schultz was making a big deal and positioning himself as the greatest up-and-coming defenseman of his time, rubbing lots of people the wrong way, I wrote this about the whole situation...
Ultimately, it's up to Schultz whether he's able to shake the "diva complex" reputation. If he's able to step on to NHL ice and immediately make an impact, his actions will be seen by many as justified by his talent. If he struggles, it will just reaffirm the reputation he built up this Summer.
Delicious schadenfreude aside, I think we know which way this was decided.
Oilers (7 - 20) @ Ducks (18 - 11)
Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014, 7:00 PM PST
Oilers win 1-0 in overtime, Justin Schultz with the GWG.