Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
has been named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November after posting 16 points (six goals,10 assists) in 14 games. Also named the League's top rookie for October, Nugent-Hopkins joins Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (2006-07) as the only players in the past 20 years to sweep rookie honors for the first two months of a season.
Nugent-Hopkins edged New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (5-9--14 in 14 games), Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (3-5--8 in 13 games), Philadelphia Flyers right wing Matt Read (6-1--7 in 10 games) and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth (6-4-1, 2.31 goals-against average, one shutout) for the award.
The first overall pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, Nugent-Hopkins recorded an historic five-assist performance in a 9-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 19, becoming the first 18-year-old in NHL history to tally five assists in one game and only the fourth 18-year-old with five points in a game. He scored a pair of goals in a 5-2 win at Minnesota Nov. 25, ending the Oilers' 17-game winless streak at Xcel Energy Center, and closed the month figuring in both Edmonton goals in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Wild Nov. 30. The last Oilers rookies to exceed Nugent-Hopkins' calendar month points total were Hockey Hall of Famers Glenn Anderson and Jari Kurri, who tallied 23 and 20 points, respectively, in March 1981.
Nugent-Hopkins leads the Oilers and all rookies in scoring with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) in 25 games and ranks sixth in the overall NHL scoring race.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in November: 6 goals, 10 assists, 16 pointsClick here for a game-by-game breakdown.Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial, TELUS, Cenovus Energy and Ford.