Schultz named top rookie for November

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Oklahoma City Barons defenseman Justin Schultz has been selected as the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for November.

Schultz tallied five goals and 14 assists for 19 points along with a plus-10 rating in 13 games last month, keeping his spot atop the AHL’s scoring leaderboard.

Schultz began the month with three assists in two games vs. Houston on Nov. 2-3, extending his scoring streak to nine games. After being held without a point in back-to-back games, Schultz began another streak with the game-winning goal at Abbotsford on Nov. 10. He recorded two assists in the Barons’ 2-1 overtime win vs. Milwaukee on Nov. 16, and matched a season high with three points (one goal, two assists) in a 7-2 victory at Charlotte on Nov. 25. Schultz finished the month with his second nine-game scoring streak of the season intact.

The 22-year-old Schultz signed as a free agent with Edmonton on July 1, 2012, after three seasons at the University of Wisconsin. He leads the entire AHL in assists (20) and points (31) and is tied for second in the league in plus/minus rating (+14) in 20 games for Oklahoma City so far this season. The native of West Kelowna, B.C., was twice named the WCHA’s Defensive Player of the Year and was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.

In recognition of his achievement, Schultz will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Barons home game.

Also see: Past winners, AHL Rookie of the Month