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Gabriel Landeskog is the NHL’s Rookie of the Month

Mar 2, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

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After scoring 13 points (7G, 6A) in 12 games, Colorado left wing Gabriel Landeskog has been named the NHL’s rookie of the month for February.

It was a month to remember for the 19-year-old, taken second overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Landeskog ranked third among all skaters in shots on goal (55) and led all rookies with a plus-nine rating.

His best stretch, though, was reserved for the tail end of the month — Landeskog finished February with a six-game point streak, recording 5G-5A as the Avalanche won five of six games to move within a point of the eighth in the Western Conference.

As a result, Landeskog could now be the leading Calder Trophy candidate. He’s in the top five of all significant rookie statistical categories, leading the way in goals (18), shots (208) and plus/minus (+21).

Given that Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been sidelined with shoulder injuries, Cody Hodgson has been shipped to Buffalo and New Jersey’s Adam Henrique has slowed down (scoreless in his last three games), Landeskog could end up being named the NHL’s rookie of the year.

Should be noted this is Landeskog’s first rookie of the month award.

  1. govtminion - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    It’s been an up-and-down year in Denver, but if nothing else, they have one beast of a forward in this kid. Here’s hoping he develops into a great piece for them to build around.

  2. rexadelphia8 - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Matt read is better

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      HAHAHAHAHAHA

      Don’t get out much huh?
      In 2 seasons there will be no question that Forsberg part II is superior to ANY Flyer.
      Gabe will be Capitan of the Avs before the end of next season .

      Hi Im a rookie that is a +21 when the second best on the team is +8 and 3rd is +4

      Could be the leading canidate? No no, he is the only candidate and has the award wrapped up and rightfully so since he is much better than one dimensional and fragile RNH.

      Signed Red Wings fan

      • govtminion - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        Well, let’s hold off on ‘captain’. Remember the article here showing why making your top scorer your captain isn’t always a great idea? Ovechkin, all of that?

        I’ll agree with the rest of it, but I’m iffy on dropping a ‘C’ on someone that young until I see the kind of leadership that someone like Toews or Callaghan show.

  3. firstandonlywarning - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Who said he is getting the “C” because of his scoring?
    He’s going to get it because he works harder than any other player on the Avs roster and leads by example. By doing the things that made him the 1st European captain for him junior team in the OHL

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      And all this makes me upset considering I hate the filthy Avs

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