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Jones, Raanta named co-rookies of the month

Jan 3, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

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The NHL announced its rookie of the month for December today and…there’s a tie!


Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones, who posted an 8-2-0 record with a 1.29 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and three shutouts in 10 games, and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta, who compiled an 8-1-3 record with a 2.23 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout in 12 appearances, have been named the NHL Co-Rookies of the Month for December.

In a related story, Jones and Raanta also shared the monthly award for Best Rookie Goalie Being Forced Into Action Due To An Injury To His Team’s Stanley Cup-Winning Goalie.

PS — No disrespect to Raanta, but Jones deserved the solo nod here. That’s a huge difference in save percentage.

  1. chicagobtech - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Love that the Blackhawks have Raanta as an option behind Crawford, but you’re right. It should have been Jones’ award this month.

  2. blomfeld - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM


    “Jones equals Calder … Brough equals Pulitzer … go … kings … go … message end”

  3. lowenni - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Yeah don’t really see why they’re co-recipients. It’s not like Raanta won a lot more games, and Jones’ save percentage is just significantly higher.

  4. muckleflugga - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    cross posted…intentionally…do not comment…observe…learn…belive…that is all

    martin jones

    go here…check out the sweater…get used to it…you’ll be seeing a lot of it in sochi:

  5. blackhawksdynasty - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Am I missing something? Raanta played well, but he also benefitted from a Hawks scoring barrage in many of those wins. Jones stole games almost singlehandedly. IMO the NHL got this one wrong – should have gone to Martin Jones, hands down.

  6. beergold - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    wish Jones was in a better time zone and better coverage…..I’d really like to see Mr. Jones play the game, heard he is incredible and will be THE American captain at the 2018 Olympics!

  7. 19to77 - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    It’s really hard to justify giving the same recognition to two goalies whose GAAs are nearly a full goal-per-game apart, even if Jones does play on a top-tier defensive team. It’s not like the ‘Hawks don’t have two Norris possibles patrolling the blueline themselves.

  8. endusersolutions2013 - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    As a stats geek kind of fan, I get the numbers, and Jones was objectively better. Until you also look at how their teams performed defensively – SOG allowed, opponents shooting %. LAK do VERY well defensively overall, not so good offensively.

    The ‘Hawks has slipped considerably defensively this year vs lat. Which is most puter back.

    Bottom line is, Kings had Jones back much better that Hawks had Raanta’s back.

  9. slysipops - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM


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