Although Los Angeles signed him in the summer of 2013, Jeff Schultz did not play his first game for the Kings until this past postseason. Until then, the 28-year-old suited up for the AHL's Manchester Monarchs where, in 67 games, he scored twice and added 11 assists. But when he came to Southern California, Schultz was able to help out.
Jeff Schultz, a Calgary native, was unable to record a single point in his seven playoff appearances for the Kings this past season. In fact, all he had to show offensively was a rating of -1. But with that said, the towering 6' 6, 227-pound blueliner did register 14 hits, 11 blocked shots and averaged 18:51 of ice time - all decent totals.
Unfortunately, that's pretty much all that can be said about Jeff Schultz's season with the Kings. Fresh off signing a new two-year contract, Jeff Schultz will be looked upon to help shoulder some of the defensive load left by Willie Mitchell, albeit it will most likely come on a part-time basis. But we will see. After all, stranger things have happened.
Jeff Schultz doesn't get a high grade from me simply because he didn't play in Los Angeles long enough to prove a whole lot. I'm sure that will change next season.
Overall grade for Jeff Schultz: C-