Schultz Good. Eberle Better. AHL Awards Abound For November.

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For Jordan Eberle, it was a fantastic month of November in the American Hockey League. A dominate goal scorer, a prolific play maker, and the Barons consistent offensive hired gun, his 13 games were highlighted by 10 goals and 11 assists. Absolutely amazing for a single month of games.

Not too far behind that pace, was Oklahoma City defenseman, Justin Schultz. In that same 13 game arc he’d post 4 goals and a whopping 14 assists. There is no runner up in the player of the month category, so Schultz would be named the Rookie of the Month. Remember, he won the player of the month award for the opening month of October.

The Barons have now won back-to-back Player of the Month awards after never having a Baron earn that title in the previous two seasons of existence. Remarkable as well is that the team isn’t in the top spot in the Western Conference, and they are just barely clinging to second place in the five team South Division. Truly remarkable, and truly dominate on an individual level.

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Here are the official releases via the league:

The American Hockey League announced today that Oklahoma City Barons right wing Jordan Eberle has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for November.

Eberle led all AHL skaters during the month with 10 goals, 21 points and a plus-13 rating in 13 contests, including seven multiple-point games. The Barons were 6-1-1-1 during November when Eberle found the scoresheet.

Eberle scored twice, including the game-winner, in Oklahoma City’s 4-3 victory over Houston on Nov. 2, and followed that up with two goals and an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Aeros on Nov. 3. He tied a Barons franchise record with four assists, including three in the final 3:16 of regulation, as Oklahoma City rallied for a point in a 6-5 overtime loss to Toronto on Nov. 13. Eberle then had 10 points in a four-game span beginning Nov. 17, including back-to-back two-goal efforts at Charlotte on Nov. 24-25.

Eberle, 22, ranks second in the AHL in scoring with 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 20 games for the Barons this season. A first-round draft choice (22nd overall) by Edmonton in 2008, Eberle recorded 34 goals and 42 assists for 76 points in 78 games for the Oilers in 2011-12, and has totaled 119 points (52 goals, 67 assists) in 147 career NHL games. The native of Regina, Sask., made his professional debut with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons in 2009 and shows 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points in 40 career AHL games with Springfield and Oklahoma City.

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

 

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.

Written By - Neal Livingston

Born in the great state of Ohio, now nestled in the middle America we call Oklahoma, Neal is the head writer & chief farmhand at Tend The Farm -- a website dedicated to covering the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.