Lightning's Palat named NHL Rookie of the Month

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 12:00 PM NHL.com

NEW YORKTampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat, who led all rookies in scoring with 16 points (5-11--16) in 15 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Palat edged Lightning center Tyler Johnson (7-7--14 in 15 games), Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (9-4--13 in 14 games), Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper (6-2-1, 2.15 goals-against average, .932 save %) and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen (5-0-0, 1.86 goals-against average, .939 save %).

Palat registered points in the first five games of the month, extending his point streak to eight games (4-6--10, Dec. 23 to Jan. 9) -- the longest ever by a Lightning rookie. He also tallied points in five consecutive games at the end of the month (2-7--9, Jan. 19-30).

Named to the Czech Republic team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Palat leads NHL rookie forwards in plus-minus (+20) and ranks second in average ice time per game (17:14). The 22-year-old also ranks third among all rookies in assists (20) and fourth in points (11-20--31).

Palat joins San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (October), Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanek (November), Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones (December co-winner) and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta (December co-winner) as recipients of the award this season.

Ondrej Palat in January

Date Opponent G A Pts Result
Jan. 1 at Vancouver 0 1 1 4-2 win
Jan. 3 at Calgary 1 1 2 2-0 win
Jan. 5 at Edmonton 0 1 1 5-3 loss
Jan. 7 at Winnipeg 1 0 1 4-2 win
Jan. 9 WASHINGTON 1 1 2 4-3 loss
Jan. 11 at Philadelphia 0 0 0 6-3 win
Jan. 13 at Columbus 0 0 0 3-2 loss
Jan. 14 at NY Rangers 0 0 0 2-1 win
Jan. 16 NY ISLANDERS 0 0 0 2-1 S/O loss
Jan. 18 SAN JOSE 0 0 0 5-4 loss
Jan. 19 at Carolina 1 2 3 5-3 win
Jan. 23 OTTAWA 1 0 1 4-3 S/O win
Jan. 25 COLORADO 0 1 1 5-2 win
Jan. 28 at Toronto 0 2 2 3-2 loss
Jan. 30 at Ottawa 0 2 2 5-3 loss
Totals 5 11 16 8-6-1

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