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Eberle, Schultz take AHL monthly awards

Dec 3, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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The Oklahoma City Barons aren’t dominating the AHL standings quite like some expected, but key pieces of the Edmonton Oilers’ future are shining strong.

Two of the team’s most promising pieces took home the league’s November awards as Jordan Eberle nabbed player of the month honors while Justin Schultz was named the month’s best rookie.

Eberle scored 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in just 13 games. Oklahoma City prospered when he made his way onto scoreboard; the team went 6-1-1 when he produced a point in November.

One could make an argument that Schultz had a strong argument for player of the month – not just the rookie designation – though.

Schultz generated two fewer points, but he’s a defenseman. He also leads the league in overall scoring with 31 points in 20 games (four more than Eberle’s 27).

Either way, the two young players demonstrate why people expected the Barons to run rampant during the lockout. If the AHL playoffs began on Monday, they’d only be the fourth seed in the West, but the team’s biggest names are coming through.

(In case you’re wondering, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jeff Zatkoff rounded out the November AHL winners by garnering goalie of the month honors.)

 

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