Source: Edmonton Journal
Edmonton Oilers apprentice defenceman Dillon Simpson has more than a passing interest in Justin Schultz's decision.
Will he hang up his gear in the Vancouver Canucks' locker room, which would put him near his backyard? Apparently, the Kelowna native's parents are season-ticket holders at Rogers Arena.
Or will it be the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he'd play alongside his former college teammate, Jake Gardiner, who spoke to Schultz this week.
Or will he go to Edmonton, where he could set up shop on the power play with Jeff Petry and the stable of offensive thoroughbreds?
"It would be great for Edmonton to get a guy like him. I think he could do a lot of great things in the NHL right away," said Simpson, who has been taking part in the Oilers' development camp this week.
As a defenceman with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, he played against Schultz, who has declared his attention to the leave the University of Wisconsin Badgers after three seasons.
Schultz turned down a contract offer from the Anaheim Ducks, the team that drafted him in 2008, and was recently granted free-agent status because of a loophole in the current collective bargaining agreement. Drafted college players are allowed to walk away from the NHL team that has their rights if they don't sign after two years.
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