Matt Bailey of University of Alaska Anchorage, right, is defended by Justin Schultz of Wisconsin behind the Badgers' net during first-period action Friday evening Dec. 3, 2010 at Sullivan Arena. Schultz can simply hand off the free-agent baton to Zach Parise. The 21-year-old defenceman has been camped out in suburban Toronto at the Newport Sports offices while deciding where he'll begin his NHL career. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/ERIK HILL - Anchorage Daily News
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.