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
|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|