The New Jersey Devils have acquired a second-round draft pick from the Philadelphia Flyers in a deal that gives them the rights to defenseman Justin Schultz and forwards Justin Schultz, the team announced on Tuesday.
Schultz, a right-shot center, is the first of three second-rounder to be added by the Devils.
He was acquired in the deal to help shore up the bottom six of the team’s lineup, and the Flyers are also expected to receive an additional third-rounder.
The Devils will also receive a fourth-round pick in 2019.
The Flyers were looking for help at left wing, and Schultz fits the bill, Devils coach John Hynes said on Tuesday morning.
The 6-foot-1, 194-pound Schultz will help fill a need on the blueline, as Philadelphia’s Nick Schultz is expected to return from his knee injury in 2019-20, and defenseman Alexei Ponikarovsky, the Flyers second-overall pick, is coming off a strong season.
Schulz, who was selected by the New Jersey Rangers in the first round (No. 23) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, played in 70 games last season with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch and scored one goal.
He appeared in seven games for the Flyers last season, playing seven games in a career-high 58 games.
The 22-year-old Schultz had a season-high three goals and four assists for three points in five playoff games for New Jersey last season.