From 208th overall pick in the NHL draft to Calder Trophy finalist, Ondrej Palat has made a name for himself in the NHL in just his first season. Here are five stats that show how the rookie surprised us all.
He knows how to put up a 'Palat' of points
Palat recorded 17 mult-point regular season games and one multi-point playoff game during the 2013-14 season.
The forward led all NHL rookies for points since January 1 with 44 (17 goals, 27 assists). He finished the season second among rookies for points and third for goals scored.
Run it back
He was named Rookie of the Month in both January and March this season, the only rookie this season to earn that honor twice.
Add it to the record book
Palat's eight-game point streak from December 23-January 9 set a new Lightning Rookie Franchise record.
Palat's play is a plus
The forward became the third Lightning player to ever finish a season with a plus/minus of plus-30 or better.
With stats like these it comes as no surprise that the Tampa Bay Lightning decided to re-sign the rookie to a three-year contract. Palat is the second rookie re-signed by the Lightning so far this offseason. Fans get ready for a bright future with this dynamic duo.