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Schultz, Granlund and McElhinney win AHL monthly awards

Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

Justin Schultz

The lockout has delayed Oilers prospect Justin Schultz and Wild prospect Mikael Granlund‘s NHL debuts, but that hasn’t stopped them from living up to the hype thrust upon them.

Schultz has gone from being a superstar with the University of Wisconsin to excelling at the AHL-level without missing a beat. He already has six goals and 12 points in just seven games with the Oklahoma City Barons, which made him a worthy choice for the AHL’s Player of the Month award.

Meanwhile, Mikael Granlund was selected as the AHL Rookie of the Month after scoring three goals and 10 points in seven games with the Houston Aeros.

What’s interesting is that Schultz is an AHL rookie, but he missed out on that award despite being named the league’s top player. Regardless, Granlund has been great so far.

Lastly, Curtis McElhinney had a 5-1-0 record, 1.51 GAA, and .949 save percentage in six contests with the Springfield Falcons en route to being selected as the AHL Goaltender of the Month.

McElhinney inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 2012-13 campaign.

  1. lordfletcher - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    I secretly don’t want Schultz to ever ammount to anything in the NHL over the way he treated the Ducks (a team I do NOT like and no hard feelings for EDM, they did what everyteam wanted). Dude straight up screwed Anaheim over for reasons I haven’t heard why yet. Anyone know what his deal was with them ???

    Anywho, go Granlund, Coyle has been looking good with him as well. Go Wild!!!

    • ThatGuy - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      His deal was that he as an individual had the power to choose his own destiny and he took it. Just like almost every other person would do given that situation.

      • lordfletcher - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        I understand that he had the right… my question is, why… why would he choose to freely leave a club that drafted him and choose to make several enemies in a business that he hasn’t started in yet.

        If he made the choice to leave there simply because they are a rival of his favorite team or has an eskimo brother that plays for the Ducks, (whatever) … rubs the wrong way is all. I am curious to know if you or anyone has a clue to why he didn’t want to play in Cali.

      • ThatGuy - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        Maybe he was pissed they traded his friend Gardiner, Maybe he doesn’t like the beach. Who knows, he didn’t owe Anaheim anything. They didn’t give him one cent of compensation, any prospect or development camps he went to he paid his own way(due to NCAA rules).

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