Posted June 28, 2012

Reports: Top free agent Justin Schultz has narrowed list to five teams

NHL

Free agent defenseman Justin Schultz, a former Wisconsin Badger who exploited a loophole to gain his freedom from the team that drafted him, has reportedly narrowed the list of teams that he will consider down to five:

Schultz, an offensive defenseman, is considered by many scouts to be the best player in the world not yet in the NHL. Twenty-six of the 30 NHL teams reportedly expressed interest in his services, and many believe that his home-province Vancouver Canucks are the team to beat.

He’s expected to meet with representatives from his five finalists over the next few days, although he could sign on Sunday, the first day of free agency.

UPDATE: Bob McKenzie of TSN now reports that a sixth team could still be in the running. It was believed that Schultz would cut his list to five, but no one has ever confirmed such.