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Edmonton Oilers rookie Justin Schultz named AHL's defenceman of year

Despite only spending half the season in Oklahoma City, Justin Schultz has been named the AHL's...

Despite only spending half the season in Oklahoma City, Justin Schultz has been named the AHL's defenceman of the year. (CODIE McLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 AM ET

Justin Schultz left a lasting impression during his time in the American Hockey League.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman played just 34 games for the Oklahoma City Barons during the NHL lockout this season, but they were obviously quality outings.

So much so, that on Wednesday, Schultz, 22, was named the AHL’s defenceman of the year. It’s the first time in the 55-year history of the league, a rookie has claimed the Eddie Shore Award as best blue liner.

“It was great for me to be down there with the guys that are up here now,” said Schultz. “It made the adjustment a little easier for me. The award is pretty cool to get, it’s a great league.”


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