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Schultz approaches AHL rookie record

Jan 5, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

Justin Schultz

Edmonton Oilers blueliner Justin Schultz has been both dominant and consistent in the AHL. He comfortably leads all rookies and defensemen in points with 46 in just 33 games with the Oklahoma City Barons going into Saturday’s contest.

In the coming days, we will probably find out if the NHL season will be saved or lost and if it’s the prior, Schultz will leave Oklahoma City to start his Oilers career. Before that potentially happens though, he has a shot at tying or breaking a significant record.

As the Oilers pointed out, Schultz needs just two more goals to tie the AHL’s single-season record for a rookie defensemen, which currently sits at 20. Schultz netted his 18th goal on Friday and has found the back of the net five to six times in each of the first three months of the 2012-13 campaign.

The single-season goal-scoring record for a blueliner at any stage of his career is 30, which Schultz might make a run for if the NHL season is lost. He’s also a contender to in the AHL’s scoring race, although teammate Jordan Eberle has opened up a four-point lead.

  1. cordellanderson - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    As an Oilers fan, I have never been so annoyed about an Oilers-rested article. GIVE US LOCKOUT NEWS!!

    • Ryan Dadoun - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/05/daly-speaks-of-slow-progress-as-marathan-meeting-continues/ Is the latest on the lockout.

      The two sides are still meeting and it’s not clear when the current negotiating session will end, but we will continue to provide you with updates as they happen.

  2. broadstbully33 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Kids impressive… Poor Anahiem

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I got him on my fantasy team already… he’ll rack up the points especially with all those sniper forwa5ds.

  4. rushledger - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Hey at least he will be able to say he made his AHL time count if he gets it.

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