JUSTIN SCHULTZ NAMED FIRST TEAM AHL ALL STAR
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons
For the second consecutive day, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz earned an AHL award. Today, Schultz was named a 2013 American Hockey League First Team All Star.
Schultz, a 6-2, 185-pounder from Kelowna, B.C signed with Edmonton last summer, but began the season with Oklahoma City and had an immediate impact with the Oilers’ AHL affiliate. He played in 34 games with the Barons and scored 48 points (18-30-48). That included a franchise record-tying 10-game point-scoring streak and a separate nine-game point-scoring streak.
This marks the third consecutive season the Barons have had a player named an AHL First Team All Star. Forward Alex Giroux was named to the 2010-11 team, while last season, goaltender Yann Danis earned the honor.
Although he hasn’t played in the AHL since January 5, Schultz still leads all AHL defensemen in points and was recently surpassed as the top rookie scorer in the league. He earned CCM / AHL Player of the Month honors for the month of October, CCM / AHL Rookie of the Month honors for the month of November and on April 10, he was named to the AHL’s All Rookie Team.
Schultz has continued his solid play with the Oilers. Through 40 games this season, he the top scoring rearguard on the team with 20 points (6-14-20).
The Barons continue their hunt for a playoff berth on the road this week. April 12, they visit the Rochester Americans at 6 p.m. (ct). They close out the weekend against the Hamilton Bulldogs on April 14 at 3 p.m. (ct). All three games can be heard on the Barons flagship station, 96.1 KXY.
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