Barons defenseman Justin Schultz, who played less than half a season in the American Hockey League before the NHL lockout ended, was named first-team All-AHL on Thursday.
Although he hasn’t played in the AHL since Jan. 5, joining the Edmonton Oilers after the NHL lockout ended, Schultz scored 48 points, including 18 goals in 34 games with the Barons.
Schultz still leads all AHL defenseman in scoring despite playing with Edmonton the past three months. He’s tied for third among AHL rookies.
The former Wisconsin University star has scored 20 points in 34 games with Edmonton. Schultz is sixth among NHL rookies in scoring, easily the top scoring NHL rookie defenseman.
This is the third consecutive season the Barons have had a player named to the AHL first team. Forward Alex Giroux made it in 2010-11 and Yann Danis was the first team goaltender last season.