Couture edged Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (1-7--8 in 14 games), Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (6-5--11 in 12 games) and goaltender Corey Crawford (5-2-1, 2.22 GAA in eight games), Nashville Predators goaltender Anders Lindback (6-2-1, 2.08 GAA in nine games) and Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall (6-4--10 in 13 games).
Couture, who also was named the Sharks' MVP for December, led the club in goals and ranked second in points. He began the month with a five-game point streak from Dec. 2-9, highlighted by a pair of goals in a 4-0 victory at Ottawa, the city where he starred in junior hockey with the Ottawa 67s of the OHL. He tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-2 win at Detroit Dec. 6 and scored in overtime for his fifth game-winning goal of the season in a 4-3 win at Dallas Dec. 16.
A first-round draft pick (ninth overall) of the Sharks in 2007, Couture leads all rookies in goals (18), shots (129), game-winning goals (five) and power-play goals (five), ranks second in points (27) and is tied for fourth in plus-minus (+8). The 21-year-old Guelph, Ontario native joins goaltenders Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals (October) and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Philadelphia Flyers (November) as Rookie of the Month winners this season.
Logan Couture in December Highlights
|Dec. 2||at Ottawa||2||0||2||4-0 win|
|Dec. 4||at Montreal||0||1||1||3-1 loss|
|Dec. 6||at Detroit||2||0||2||5-2 win|
|Dec. 8||at Philadelphia||1||0||1||5-4 win (SO)|
|Dec. 9||at Buffalo||1||1||2||6-3 loss|
|Dec. 11||CHICAGO||0||0||0||2-1 win (OT)|
|Dec. 13||DALLAS||0||0||0||3-2 loss (SO)|
|Dec. 15||at Nashville||0||0||0||3-2 loss|
|Dec. 16||at Dallas||1||0||1||4-3 win (OT)|
|Dec. 18||at St. Louis||2||0||2||4-1 win|
|Dec. 21||EDMONTON||1||0||1||2-1 win|
|Dec. 23||PHOENIX||0||0||0||4-1 win|
|Dec. 27||LOS ANGELES||0||0||0||4-0 loss|
|Dec. 29||at Minnesota||0||1||1||5-3 loss|
|Dec. 30||at Chicago||0||1||1||5-3 win|