For those that wondered how Justin Schultz would adjust to the pro game, it turns out pretty well. The Oklahoma City Barons defenseman has been named AHL Player of the Week after scoring three times, adding an assist and compiling a plus-six rating in two games for Edmonton’s minor-league affiliate.
“He’s a quick learner,” Barons head coach Todd Nelson said, as per CBC.ca. “In our exhibition games he got caught up ice a couple of times. I only had to explain to him once that if he does that he has to be the first guy to get back. He adjusted… Very high hockey IQ.”
Schultz signed with the Oilers this summer after an intense bidding war for his services. The 22-year-old was originally drafted by Anaheim in 2008. He became an unrestricted free agent after the Ducks were unable to sign him to a contract.
Schultz spent the last three seasons playing college hockey with the Wisconsin Badgers.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day