The AHL has rightfully announced that Oklahloma City Barons defenceman Justin Schultz has taken CCM/AHL Player of Month honours for the month of October.
Schultz’s October was nearly picture perfect. He compiled twelve points (6-6-12) over seven games. Schultz had a pair of power play goals, a pair of shorties, and a 4 +/- rating. Schultz’s shooting percentage sits at just over 22% for the month, which is pretty remarkable considering that these seven games are the first seven he’s played in professional hockey.
Houston Aeros centre Mikael Granlund won October’s Rookie of the Month award, compiling a very solid ten points (3-7-10) in seven games, while Springfield’s Curtis McElhinney took October’s Goaltender of the Month award.
Keep up that fire in November. Like Jordan Eberle and his hot hand of 2011-12, I really can’t expect Schultz to keep up a 22.2 shooting percentage throughout November. If he can repeat that sort of performance, it’ll look even more like a brilliant signing by the club.
It already looks pretty darn good.
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