Justin Schultz had a monster year last season. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year by the WCHA and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Furthermore, Schultz was regarded as the best defenseman in the country (by far).
Schultz led all defensemen in points with 18 goals and 29 assists.
Not only was Schultz a dominating offensive, but he was crucial on the Badger penalty killing unit.
However, Schultz did lose his linemate Jake Gardiner to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but don't expect Schultz's numbers to decline. Wisconsin is known for producing excellent defensemen so expect Schultz to be paired with another standout this year.
In each of the last three seasons, Wisconsin has had a defenseman named as a Hobey Finalist (Schultz, Brendan Smith, and Jamie McBain).
Pencil Schultz in as a Hobey Baker Finalist, it's almost a certainty with Badger defensemen.