AVALANCHE'S LANDESKOG NAMED NHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTHNEW YORK (March 2, 2012)
- Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog
, who led all rookies in scoring with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 12 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for February.
Landeskog edged New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (3-6=9 in 13 games), Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (5-2=7 in 14 games), New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (2-5=7 in 11 games), Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn (4-1=5 in 13 games) and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (3-2=5 in 11 games) for the award.
Landeskog ranked third among all skaters with 55 shots and led all rookies with a +9 rating. He closed the month on a six-game point streak, recording five goals and five assists as the Avalanche won five of six games to move within a point of the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Landeskog leads all rookies in shots (208) and plus/minus (+21), is tied for the lead in goals (18) and is second in points (40) in 65 games. He also ranks in the top five among freshmen skaters in assists (22), power-play goals (four), power-play points (nine) and game-winning goals (three).
Selected by the Avalanche in the first round (second overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Landeskog joins Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (October and November), New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (December) and Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (January) as Rookie of the Month award winners this season.Gabriel Landeskog in February