With a pair of assists in Tuesday night's 7-1 rout of the Wild in Denver, Avalanche freshman winger Gabriel Landeskog
caught Devils rookie center Adam Henrique
atop the rookie scoring chart at 43 points. Technically, Landeskog holds the top spot because he has more goals (18) than Henrique (15).
The No. 2 pick (behind Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
), Landeskog earned Rookie of the Month honors in February, putting up seven goals and 13 points in 12 games. With his strong play, the 19-year-old Swede has pushed his name into the Calder Trophy race.
Left Wing - COL
GOALS: 18 | ASST: 25 | PTS: 43
SOG: 227 | +/-: 22
"That's flattering," Landeskog said, "but my focus right now is winning hockey games and getting that playoff spot. At the end of the year, we'll see where things are at with points or whatever it might be."
While Landeskog might not win the rookie scoring race, he's going to finish with more shots on goal than any of his rookie peers. Through 68 games, Langeskog has 227 shots. That's 69 more shots than the next best rookie sniper, Craig Smith
of Nashville. In fact, the Avalanche freshman stands No. 14 among all players in the League in that statistical category.
"I know that I'm a shooter," Landeskog said. "I play with Ryan O'Reilly
and he's a great playmaker. I'm just trying to find open ice out there and I know that I have to use my shot to be successful and to score goals in this League and I have to get to the net, so I think I've found my role on this line, especially playing with Ryan."