IRJustin Schultz
D PIT
1 month ago

Schultz (lower leg) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL media site.

EDGE Analysis

Considering he will remain sidelined for at least the next four months, Schultz's placement on injured reserve shouldn't come as much of shock to the system. Based on the timetable, Schultz will likely be looking at a late-season return with the potential to contribute in the postseason as well.

IRJustin Schultz
D PIT
1 month ago

Schultz had surgery to repair a fracture in his lower leg and is expected to miss at least four months, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Well this is a pretty big blow to the Penguins' defense, and also their power play. The 28-year-old had four assists in four games to start the year, and he had double-digit points with the extra man in each of his two previous seasons with Pittsburgh. Chad Ruhwedel had been a healthy scratch every game. That's probably about to change.

IRJustin Schultz
D PIT
1 month ago

Schultz (ankle) missed practice Monday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz had to be helped off the ice Saturday after suffering this injury, and it looks like the issue is lingering. The Penguins play Tuesday at home against the Canucks before heading on a Canadian road trip. It seems unlikely that he will be able to get healthy before Pittsburgh's next contest, which could mean more minutes for Juuso Riikola and Chad Ruhwedel.

IRJustin Schultz
D PIT
1 month ago

Schultz had to be helped off the ice with what looked like a left ankle injury in the first period of Saturday's game in Montreal, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz went into the boards awkwardly after getting hit by Tomas Plekanec. His chances of returning to this contest look slim, though it's too early to predict a timetable for this injury given the lack of details at this time.

IRJustin Schultz
D PIT
1 month ago

Schultz recorded two helpers in Thursday's 4-2 win over Vegas.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz recorded just 27 points last season after breaking out with 51 in 2016-17, but he's off to an encouraging start with four helpers through three games. Between Schultz's puck-moving ability and Pittsburgh's talented group up front, there's fantasy value to be found here if Schultz can stay aggressive.

IRJustin Schultz
D PIT
1 month ago

Schultz recorded two assists, a power-play point and two blocked shots during Thursday's 7-6 overtime win against the Capitals.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz did not appear to suffer any lingering effects from the upper body injury that occurred in the preseason. Manning Pittsburgh's second power-play unit, the 43rd overall pick from the 2008 NHL Entry Draft has some significant upside should something befall the oft-injured Kris Letang, but is better suited as a depth defensemen in most formats until that opportunity arises.

IRJustin Schultz
D PIT
1 month ago

Schultz (upper body) is in the lineup for Thursday's season opener against the Capitals.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz was dealing with an upper-body injury towards the end of the preseason, but he was never expected to miss the regular-season opener. The University of Wisconsin product will skate on the third pairing Thursday, and should also hit the ice on the man advantage as a member of the Penguins' second unit.

IRJustin Schultz
D PIT
2 months ago

Schultz (upper body) could suit up in Friday's preseason finale, but is more focused on Opening Night against the Capitals on Oct. 4, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

EDGE Analysis

Schultz was a full participant at practice Thursday, which is a good indication he is heading in the right direction. Once healthy, the blueliner figures to slot into the No. 1 power-play unit alongside the Pens' stars -- which gives him top-end fantasy value.

IRJustin Schultz
D PIT
2 months ago

According to coach Mike Sullivan, "(Schultz) is dealing with a nagging upper-body injury. Right now he's day-to-day and we don't anticipate it being anything serious."

EDGE Analysis

Schultz will be held out of Wednesday's preseason tilt with Buffalo and could miss out versus the Blue Jackets on Friday as well. For now, it doesn't appear the offensively-minded blueliner will miss Opening Night against the Capitals on Oct. 4; however, fantasy owners will want to monitor the situation leading up to the season opener.

IRJustin Schultz
D PIT
6 months ago

Schultz registered just 27 points this season, after putting up 51 last year.

EDGE Analysis

While Schultz did play in 15 fewer games, that won't account for putting up almost half as many points. The indicator for fantasy owners should be that 2016-17 was an anomaly and the blueliner will likely land in the 20-30 range as he has for most of his career, heading into the 2018-19 campaign. Despite the decreased productivity, the 27-year-old should continue to slot in on the power play (2:17 per game) and could even spend some time on the top unit with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel -- as he did for portions of this season and playoffs.