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Oilers’ Schultz first-ever rookie to win AHL Defenseman of the Year

Apr 17, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

Justin Schultz #19 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on January 31, 2013 in San Jose, California.
(January 30, 2013 - Source: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The accolades keep pouring in for Justin Schultz.

On Wednesday, Schultz won the Eddie Shore award as the AHL’s best defenseman, the first time in trophy’s 55-year history that a rookie has captured the honors.

Here’s word from the Oilers press release:

His impact with the Oilers’ AHL affiliate was immediate. He played in 34 games with the Barons and scored 48 points (18G, 30A).

That included a franchise record tying 10 game point scoring streak and a separate nine game point streak.

Despite not playing in Oklahoma City since January 5th, Schultz’ 48 points, 18 goals and 19.6 percent shooting percentage is still tops among AHL defenceman.

Schultz did much of his scoring for the Barons on special teams. Of his 48 points, 25 of them (7G, 18A) came with the man advantage.

Heading into the Barons last weekend of the season, Schultz’ 25 power play points still leads the team.

This is the third AHL award the 22-year-old rearguard has captured in recent weeks. Schultz was also named to the AHL’s All-Rookie and First All-Star teams.

  1. williplett - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Does the award look anything like Steve Tambellini gently weeping into a Oilers t-shirt?

  2. noozehound - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Jonas Brodin is still a better defenseman. Has been on the top line with Suter since he came up to the Wild. Plays more minutes per game than any other rookie defenseman. Doesn’t get the offensive points, but that’s what Suter is for.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Just think if he had signed with Minnesota and not Edmonton. Minnesota was on his short list. I will always wonder if he knew that Minnesota would be signing Suter, if he would have chosen them over Edmonton. Wild would have a good young core of defenseman with Suter, Brodin, and him this year. Adding Matt Dumba next season. That’s a nice top 4

  3. leeroyjeenkins - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    The accolades can keep pouring in that’s funny. This guy couldn’t defend his own end if his life depended on it. He fits in perfect on the Oilers, a lot of individual talent but absolutely no team play.

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