SPRINGFIELD, MA - Admirals forward David Bolland has been named the Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month for February 2007.
The 20-year-old Toronto, Ontario, native had a stellar month of February to quietly climb into the top 20 of AHL rookie scoring. Bolland's 16 points (six goals, ten assists) in February were tied for the most of any player in the American Hockey League during the month. He picked up points in 10 of 13 matches in February.
The 6'0", 174-lb. center has 12 goals and 21 assists with 37 penalty minutes in 46 games with the AHL-leading Admirals this season. The Chicago Blackhawks' second-round draft choice (32nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft also made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks on October 25 versus Vancouver, going scoreless in his only NHL game thus far.
Injuries hampered Bolland during the first half of his rookie year. He suffered a shoulder injury at Blackhawks' training camp that kept him out of the lineup until the season's third week. He then suffered a concussion in late December that caused him to miss six games. In 22 games played since returning from his concussion, Bolland has seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points.
With a two-assist effort on Tuesday in Manchester, Bolland joined fellow Admirals Troy Brouwer (2nd) and Kris Versteeg (3rd) as one of the top twenty rookie scorers in the AHL. Bolland's 33 points tie him for 20th place on that list.