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Eberle named AHL’s top player for December, Holtby named top goalie

Jan 2, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Jordan Eberle has been named the AHL’s player of the month for the second straight month. The Oilers forward who’s spending the NHL lockout with the Oklahoma City Barons racked up 11 goals and nine assists in December, including a hat trick in less than three minutes on Dec. 31.

Eberle leads the AHL with 49 points in 32 games. In second place is teammate Justin Schultz, whose 45 points are ten more than the league’s third-place scorer, Springfield (Blue Jackets) forward Cam Atkinson.

Two other AHL monthly awards were announced today. Hershey (Capitals) goalie Braden Holtby was named top goaltender and Texas (Stars) forward Reilly Smith was named top rookie.

Holtby’s impressive month (1.69 GAA, .943 SV%, three shutouts) is welcome news for the Caps, who once the NHL returns will be counting on the 23-year-old to build on last year’s playoff performance.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jan 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Holtbeast!!!

    • husky2score - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Hey man I came up with that when Holtby won his first game against the Bruins in the playoffs. Glad it caught on ;)

      GO CAPS!

  2. elvispocomo - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Now if OK City could just keep the puck out of their own net, their record would be better than 8th in the Western Conference. There are only 9 teams in the league with worse goals against than them, yet they’re second in goals for out of 30 teams.

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