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Keller named Rookie of the Month

Coyotes forward had 19 points in 17 games to earn honors

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK -- Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller , who led all rookies with 13 assists and 19 points in 17 games (6-13-19), has been named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for March.

Keller edged Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (5-9-14 in 16 GP), Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (2-10-12 in 14 GP), New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (2-10-12 in 15 GP) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher (1-11-12 in 15 GP) for the honor.

Keller registered at least one point in 14 of his 17 March appearances. That included a 10-game streak March 11-28 (5-9-14), the longest by any rookie this season and tied for the third-longest by a rookie in Coyotes/Jets history (behind only Teemu Selanne: 17 GP and Keith Tkachuk: 12 GP, both in 1992-93).

Keller - the seventh overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft - has played in 79 games this season, ranking in the top five among rookies in shots on goal (1st; 201), points (2nd; 63), assists (2nd; 40), power-play assists (3rd; 14), power-play points (4th; 20), power-play goals (t-4th; 6) and goals (5th; 23).

The 19-year-old Chesterfield, Mo., native - who also earned the honor for October (9-6-15 in 13 GP) - joins Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser (November and December) as a two-time Rookie of the Month winner in 2017-18.

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Clayon Keller in March

Date, Opponent, G, A, PTS, Result

March 1, MINNESOTA, 0, 1, 1, 5-3 W

March 3, OTTAWA, 0, 1, 1, 2-1 W

March 5, at Edmonton, 0, 0, 0, 4-3, OT L

March 7, at Vancouver, 1, 1, 2, 2-1 W

March 10, at Colorado, 0, 0 ,0, 5-2 L

March 11, VANCOUVER, 0, 1, 1, 4-3 SO W

March 13, LOS ANGELES, 1, 0, 1, 5-3 L

March 15, NASHVILLE, 0, 1, 1, 3-2 L

March 17, MINNESOTA, 1, 0, 1, 3-1 L

March 19, CALGARY, 0, 1, 1, 5-2 L

March 21, at Buffalo, 0, 2, 2, 4-1 W

March 22, at Carolina, 1, 1, 2, 6-5 L

March 24, at Florida, 1, 1, 2, 4-2 L

March 26, at Tampa Bay, 1, 1, 2, 4-1 W

March 28, at Vegas, 0, 1, 1, 3-2 W

March 29, at Los Angeles, 0, 0, 0, 4-2 L

March 31, ST. LOUIS, 0, 1, 1, 6-0 W

Totals, 6, 13, 19, 10-6-1

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