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Gaudreau named NHL's Rookie of the Month

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

NEW YORK, NY -- Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, who led all rookies with 16 points (7-9—16) in 15 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.

Gaudreau edged Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (4-11—15 in 16 GP), Boston Bruins teammates Ryan Spooner (7-7—14 in 15 GP) and David Pastrnak (3-10—13 in 15 GP), Carolina Hurricanes center Victor Rask (3-8—11 in 15 GP), and Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (6-2-0, 2.50 GAA, .918 SV%) for the honor.

Gaudreau, a fourth-round selection (104th overall) by the Flames in the 2011 NHL Draft, recorded at least one point in 10 of his 15 March appearances, highlighted by four multi-point efforts. Those included his fourth career multi-goal game in a 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks March 11 (2-0—2) and his fourth career game-winning goal in a 5-3 triumph over the Dallas Stars March 30 (1-1—2).

With his performance, the 21-year-old Salem, N.J., native moved into first place in rookie scoring with 22-38—60 (76 GP). He also paces all rookies in assists (38), power-play goals (7), power-play assists (t-13) and power-play points (20) this season.

Gaudreau, who also earned the award in December, joins Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson (October), Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (November), Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg (January) and New York Islanders center Anders Lee (February) as Rookie of the Month winners this season.

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