Schultz registered just 27 points this season, after putting up 51 last year. 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.
Schultz notched two assists, one on the power play, in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win over the Blue Jackets. The 27-year-old now has six points, all helpers, in his last six games, but his four goals and 26 points in 62 games on the season are barely above half of his 2016-17 production, and Schultz's 3.7 percent shooting is a career low.
Schultz tallied three assists in a 5-4 overtime win against the Flyers on Sunday. After breaking out with 51 points last season, Schultz has struggled this year. In fact, he was scoreless in seven games prior to this outburst. However, even with this three-point day, the 27-year-old only has 23 points in 57 games -- four of which are goals.
Schultz is pointless in his previous seven outings. After racking up 51 points last season, expectations were high that Schultz could have another strong offensive campaign. Unfortunately for fantasy owners that bought in on the hype, the defenseman has been limited to just 56 games due to various injuries and has managed a mere 20 points on the year. Despite the slump, the British Columbia native continues to see power-play minutes (2:09), in which he has notched a paltry seven helpers. The Pens don't have a lot of better options for blue line scoring -- outside of Kris Letang -- so it's unlikely coach Mike Sullivan will pull Schultz from the power play any time soon.
Schultz (illness) practiced Tuesday and is slated to play in Friday's road game against the Hurricanes, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. As noted in the report, Schultz's return will allow head coach Mike Sullivan to more evenly distribute the minutes among his blueliners. The B.C. native posted a career-high 51 points (12 goals, 39 assists) through 78 games with the Penguins last season, but he's seen a slight reduction in power-play ice time this year. Moreover, the 27-year-old's shooting percentage has come back down to earth (4.3 percent) after he put a 7.8 value on the season ledger in 2016-17. Still, he remains a viable option in deep leagues, particularly those that give bonuses for blocked shots.
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