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Huberdeau named February's Rookie of the Month

Friday, 03.01.2013 / 12:00 PM / News

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Huberdeau named February's Rookie of the Month
Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau, who led all rookies with six goals and totaled nine points in 13 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for February.

NEW YORK -- Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau, who led all rookies with six goals and totaled nine points in 13 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for February.

Huberdeau edged Tampa Bay Lightning center Cory Conacher (4-5—9 in 14 games), Panthers teammate Drew Shore (2-8—10 in 13 games) and Dallas Stars left wing Antoine Roussel (4-3—7 in 12 games) for the honor.

Huberdeau, 19, had a career-high four points (2-2—4) in a 5-2 victory at the Philadelphia Flyers Feb. 21, including the game-winning goal on a penalty shot. His four-point night tied Mark Parrish (4-0—4 at Chicago, 10/30/98) and Jesse Belanger (2-2—4 vs. Washington, 1/19/94) for the most points in one game by a rookie in franchise history.

Selected by the Panthers in the first round (third overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Huberdeau leads all rookies with eight goals and ranks second with 13 points in 20 games. He joins St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (January) as a Rookie of the Month winner this season.

Jonathan Huberdeau in February

Date Opponent G A PTS Result
Feb. 3 at Buffalo 0 1 1 4-3 win
Feb. 5 at Winnipeg 1 0 1 3-2 loss (overtime)
Feb. 7 at Philadelphia 0 0 0 3-2 win (shootout)
Feb. 9 at Washington 0 0 0 5-0 loss
Feb. 12 WASHINGTON 2 0 2 6-5 loss (overtime)
Feb. 14 MONTREAL 0 0 0 1-0 loss (overtime)
Feb. 16 TAMPA BAY 1 0 1 6-5 loss (overtime)
Feb. 18 TORONTO 0 0 0 3-0 loss
Feb. 21 at Philadelphia 2 2 4 5-2 win
Feb. 22 at Pittsburgh 0 0 0 3-1 loss
Feb. 24 BOSTON 0 0 0 4-1 loss
Feb. 26 PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 6-4 win
Feb. 28 BUFFALO 0 0 0 4-3 loss (shootout)
Totals 6 3 9

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