Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE

Lightning forward Palat named Rookie of Month

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 3:00 PM / News

NHL.com

Share with your Friends


Lightning forward Palat named Rookie of Month
Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat, who led all rookies with 16 points in 16 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March.

NEW YORK – Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat, who led all rookies with 16 points (5-11—16) in 16 games, has been named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for March.

Palat edged Calgary Flames center Joe Colborne (6-5—11 in 16 games), Anaheim Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon (3-8—11 in 14 games), Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad (1 10—11 in 17 games) and Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Tyler Johnson (5-5—10 in 16 games) for the award.

Palat, 23, recorded at least one point in nine of 16 games, including a five-game assist/point streak March 8-17 (4-5—9), his third point streak of five or more games this season. He also posted six multi-point performances, including his second career multi-goal and three-point game March 10 vs. PHX (2-1—3).

Palat, a native of Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic, was selected by the Lightning in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He has played in 75 games this season, ranking second among rookies in assists (32) and points (51) while placing fourth in goals (19). He also is tied for the lead among first-year players with 36 points (13-23—36) in 36 games since Jan. 1.

Palat, who also earned Rookie of the Month honors in January, joins San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (October), Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec (November), and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta (December co winners) as recipients of the award this season.

Ondrej Palat in March

Date Opponent G A Pts Result
March 1 at Dallas 0 2 2 4-2 win
March 2 at Colorado 0 0 0 6-3 loss
March 4 at St. Louis 0 0 0 4-2 loss
March 6 BUFFALO 0 0 0 3-1 loss
March 8 BOSTON 1 1 2 4-3 loss (SO)
March 10 PHOENIX 2 1 3 4-3 loss (SO)
March 13 FLORIDA 0 1 1 5-4 win
March 15 NEW JERSEY 0 1 1 3-0 win
March 17 VANCOUVER 1 1 2 4-3 win
March 19 at Toronto 0 0 0 5-3 win
March 20 at Ottawa 0 2 2 5-4 win
March 22 at Pittsburgh 1 0 1 4-3 loss (OT)
March 24 OTTAWA 0 2 2 4-3 loss (SO)
March 27 NY ISLANDERS 0 0 0 3-2 win (SO)
March 29 at Buffalo 0 0 0 4-3 win (OT)
March 30 at Detroit 0 0 0 3-2 loss
Totals 5 11 16 8-4-4

Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic