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Coyotes' Mueller name NHL Rookie of the Month

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NEW YORK  --
Phoenix center Peter Mueller, who led all rookies in scoring with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 14 games as the Coyotes surged to a 9-4-1 record, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Mueller edged Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (2-12--14 in 13 games), Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (3-6--9 in 14 games) and New York Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky (4-4--8 in 14 games) for the award.

Mueller, 19, recorded points in nine of 14 games during the month, including a seven-game point streak from Jan. 10-21 (4-7--11). He tallied a career-high three assists in a 5-3 victory against San Jose Jan. 15 and notched two goals, including his third game-winner of the season, in a 4-2 win at Columbus Jan. 29.

Phoenix's first choice and the eighth overall selection at the 2006 Entry Draft, Mueller registered 78 points (21 goals, 57 assists) in 51 games for Everett of the Western Hockey League last season and captured WHL rookie of the year honors in 2005-06. The 6-2, 205-lb. Bloomington, Minn. native represented the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2006 and 2007.

Mueller joins previous 2007-08 Rookie of the Month winners, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (October), Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Tobias Enstrom (November) and Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (December).

Peter Mueller In January

Date Opponent G A Pts Result
Jan. 2 at Colorado 0 0 0 5-2 win
Jan. 3 Chicago 0 0 0 4-2 win
Jan. 5 Anaheim 0 1 1 3-2 win (SO)
Jan. 8 at Calgary 0 0 0 3-1 win
Jan. 10 at Edmonton 0 1 1 5-2 loss
Jan. 11 at Vancouver 1 0 1 4-3 win
Jan. 13 at Minnesota 0 1 1 4-1 loss
Jan. 15 San Jose 0 3 3 5-3 win
Jan. 17 Columbus 1 1 2 4-3 loss
Jan. 19 Chicago 1 0 1 2-1 loss (SO)
Jan. 21 Buffalo 1 1 2 6-2 win
Jan. 24 Nashville 0 0 0 4-3 win (OT)
Jan. 29 at Columbus 2 0 2 4-2 win
Jan. 30 at Detroit 0 0 0 3-2 loss
Total   6 8 14 9-4-1








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