Dallas Eakins says he is not a massive stats guy, but the Toronto Marlies head coach admits there is some truth to be found at the top of the American Hockey League standings this season.

Players who would be in the NHL if there was not a lockout have been dominating in the minors. Edmonton Oilers prospect Justin Schultz leads all scorers with 18 points in 13 games, two ahead of teammate Jordan Eberle and three ahead of Marcus Foligno (Buffalo). Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton), Brayden Schenn (Philadelphia) and Justin Faulk (Carolina) are also in the top 10 with 14 points each.


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