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Jones, Raanta named co-winners of NHL's top rookie for December award

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 3:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Jones, Raanta named co-winners of NHL's top rookie for December award

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Goaltenders Martin Jones of the Los Angeles Kings and Antti Raanta of the Chicago Blackhawks were named co-winners of the NHL's top rookie award for December on Friday.

Jones posted an 8-2-0 record with a 1.29 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and three shutouts in 10 games.

Raanta compiled an 8-1-3 mark with a 2.23 GAA, .912 save percentage and one shutout in 12 appearances.

Also considered for the honour were Dallas right-winger Valeri Nichushkin, Winnipeg centre Mark Scheifele, Philadelphia left-winger Michael Raffl and goaltenders Eddie Lack of Vancouver and Philipp Grubauer of Washington.

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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp