Highly sought after defenceman Justin Schultz chooses to sign with Oilers

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Highly sought after defenceman Justin Schultz chooses to sign with Oilers

EDMONTON - Justin Schultz is taking his talents to Edmonton.

The highly sought after defenceman ended a busy week by electing to sign a two-year, entry-level deal with the Oilers on Saturday.

They were among 26 NHL teams that expressed interest in Schultz, who took advantage of a loophole in the collective bargaining agreement to become an unrestricted free agent.

Schultz met face-to-face with some of those teams this week and Edmonton's pitch involved phone calls from Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey.

The native of West Kelowna, B.C., will turn 22 next week and is expected to play in the NHL next season.

Schultz was originally a second-round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2008 and spent the last three seasons at the University of Wisconsin.

Organizations: Oilers, NHL, University of Wisconsin

Geographic location: EDMONTON, West Kelowna

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