Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/18/14
Before the lockout shortened season began the clear rookie of the year choice was Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers.  He led the AHL in scoring for much of the first part of the season as a rookie defenceman.  Projecting that to the NHL he looked like a likely star.  He has been a solid rookie.  He leads all rookie defencemen with five points so far this year but another AHLer has been the top rookie so far this year.  Cory Conacher of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been the rookie leader so far this season. Conacher has 12 points in eight games with a +7 +/- rating.  Those are great numbers.  Only five players in the league have more points than Conacher.  His Tampa Bay Lightning have been the highest scoring team in the NHL and he is a big part of it. Conacher did not have such a high scoring run in the AHL during the lockout.  He scored 28 points in 36 games, which is good but it is nowhere near his NHL scoring rate.  In 2011/12, Conacher was the second highest scorer in the...

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