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PHT Morning Skate: Where Schultz might make history by winning AHL, NHL rookie honors

Jan 30, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT

Justin Schultz #19 of the Edmonton Oilers side steps a hit delivered by Dale Weise #32 of the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of NHL action on January 20, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
(January 19, 2013 - Source: Rich Lam/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Calgary Flames haven’t been involved in a single fight this season. As forward Tim Jackman, who was engaged in 14 scraps last season, put it, “We’re trying to play to our strengths and we don’t believe our strength is being a bunch of bullies.” (Calgary Sun)

The Nashville Predators early season struggles might lead to them calling up former 2010 first-round pick Austin Watson for his NHL debut. (The Tennessean)

Will the Florida Panthers trade forward Stephen Weiss before the April 3 trade deadline? (The Hockey News)

20-year-old forward Michael Sgarbossa has been called up by the Colorado Avalanche. He might make his NHL debut on Wednesday. (Denver Post)

Calgary Flames forward Alex Tanguay, 33, is just one assist away from becoming the 126th player in NHL history to reach the 500 mark. (Calgary Sun)

19-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton reminds Bruins coach Claude Julien of Hall of Famer Larry Robinson. (New Jersey Online)

Predators coach Barry Trotz likes to stay three games ahead when it comes to his planning, but that’s particularly difficult to do in the shortened season. (The Tennessean)

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz is still eligible to be the AHL’s rookie of the year. During the lockout, the 22-year-old scored 18 goals and 48 points in 34 AHL contests. It’s within the realm of possibilities that he’ll become the first player ever to win with both the AHL’s rookie honors and the Calder Trophy in the same year. (Edmonton Sun)

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Haven’t seen all the rookies yet, but he definitely looks very poised, always at the right place, and ex element puck management skills. Very impressive attributes for a first year pro out of college.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Darn spell check. excellent and not ex element

  3. Sean J - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Schultz doesn’t stand a chance at the Calder with Vladimir Tarasenko in the mix! Not that I’m biased or anything.

  4. valoisvipers - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    It is little too early to be talking about Calder or any other award this season.

  5. davebabychreturns - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Ahh Dale Wiese. Nice try bud.

  6. barkar942 - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Dougie Hamilton has looked very impressive in the two games I saw him against the Rangers. I think he will be in the Calder mix at the end of the year.

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