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Wild Spotlight Player: NICK SCHULTZ

Nick_schultz_mediumCanadian Nick Schultz was born August 25, 1982 in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan and has played on Canada's team three times for the World Championship.

In 2000, Nick Schultz was selected as a 2nd round choice and 33rd overall pick for the Minnesota Wild and has been gradually trained and tested for his speed and handling ability. In recent history, Schultz has not been a stand-out for the Wild, but has proved fairly reliable during game time. During the 2006-2007 season, Schultz scored only 2 goals with 10 assists. He improved those statistics slightly during the 2007-2008 season by recording 2 goals and 13 assists.

Following the 2006-2007 season, Nick Schultz was a restricted free agent. Schultz hoped for a long career with the Wild; however, he failed to negotiate a long term deal and signed a 1-year contract for $1.85 million. Fortunately for Schultz, after the 2007-08 season, the Wild agreed to a 6 year contract extension, securing his place on the team for many seasons to come.

Nick Schultz has been overshadowed by teammates Marian Gaborik and (old teammate) Pavol Demitra, but with his future secured with the Wild, insiders predict that he will rise to the challenge and prove himself to be a high caliber athlete who can increase his playing time and contribute to the team's success in 2008-2009.