The Vancouver Canucks have signed free agent ex-Kelowna Rocket Jesse Schultz
to his first pro contract. The 20-year-old right winger had a breakout year in the
Western Hockey League, leading the Rockets with 53 goals and 104 points.
Schultz also guided the Rockets to the Memorial Cup after his team beat
the Red Deer Rebels 4-2 in the finals. Schultz had 28 points in 19 games
in the playoffs and won the WHL Playoff MVP.
Schultz went unselected in the NHL Entry Draft. In juniors, he was originally property of the Red Deer Rebels, was cut from Red
Deer’s 50 man protected list in 1999 before playing a game there. Schultz started
his career with the Tri-City Americans and played there for one and a half
season and was dealt to the Prince Albert Raiders at the deadline. Schultz
played the remainder of the season out in Prince Albert and was sent packing
again in the off-season to Kelowna.
Schultz is a finisher, scoring 22 of his 53 goals with a man advantage this past season. He will likely
play with Pat Kavanagh and Justin Morrison for the Manitoba Moose on the
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