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Ducks' Bobby Ryan named NHL Rookie of the Month

Tuesday, 02.03.2009 / 10:25 AM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan, who led all rookies in scoring with 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in 14 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Ryan edged Florida Panthers center Michael Frolik (5-4--9 in 12 games), Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (4-5--9 in 12 games), Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jakub Voracek (4-5--9 in 13 games), St. Louis Blues center T.J. Oshie (3-6--9 in 11 games) and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason (7-4-1, 2.67 goals-against average) for the award.

Ryan recorded points in 12 of 14 games during the month, highlighted by a three-goal outburst in 2:21 during the Ducks' 4-3 loss at Los Angeles, Jan. 8 -- the third fastest hat trick by a rookie in NHL history. With goals in five consecutive games (Jan. 17-28), he set an Anaheim rookie record and his 11 goals for the month are the most by an NHL rookie since Washington's Alex Ovechkin notched 11 in March, 2006.

Anaheim's first choice (second overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft, Ryan appeared in 23 games for the Ducks last season, registering 10 points (five goals, five assists). In 35 games this season, the 6-2, 208-lb. Cherry Hill, New Jersey native has recorded 34 points (17-17--34).

Ryan's January Stats  Highlights

Date Opponent G A Pts Result
Jan. 2 PHILADELPHIA 0 1 1 5-4 SO loss
Jan. 4 PHOENIX 1 1 2 2-0 win
Jan. 6 LOS ANGELES 1 0 1 3-1 win
Jan. 8 at Los Angeles 3 0 3 4-3 loss
Jan. 9 TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 4-3 loss
Jan. 11 NEW JERSEY 1 0 1 4-3 win
Jan. 14 DETROIT 0 0 0 4-3 loss
Jan. 16 at Pittsburgh 0 1 1 3-1 loss
Jan. 17 at Minnesota 1 0 1 3-0 win
Jan. 20 at NY Rangers 1 0 1 4-2 loss
Jan. 21 at NY Islanders 1 0 1 2-1 loss
Jan. 27 at Phoenix 1 1 2 7-3 win
Jan. 28 CHICAGO 1 0 1 3-2 loss
Jan. 31 at Colorado 0 1 1 4-3 win

 TOTAL:  11 
 5  16 
6-7-1


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