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Lightning forward Palat named Rookie of Month

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 3:00 PM / News

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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

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He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter