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Olofsson named Rookie of the Month for December

Forward leads NHL rookies with 16 goals and 34 points

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Victor Olofsson has been named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for the second time this season, the league announced Thursday.  

Olofsson led league rookies in goals (6), points (14), game-winning goals (2), and average ice time (20:31) in 14 games in December. It's the highest point total by a Sabres rookie in a calendar month since Tyler Myers tallied 14 points in March of his Calder Trophy winning 2009-10 campaign.

His season totals of 16 goals and 34 points lead NHL rookies. He was previously named Rookie of the Month for October. 

Video: BUF@VAN: Olofsson finishes nice passing play for PPG

Olofsson began December with three straight multi-point games, only the eighth such streak by a rookie in franchise history. Tyler Ennis was the last to string together three multi-point games, from Jan. 15 to 20, 2011. 

Playing primarily on a line with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart, Olofsson is on pace to put together one of the most prolific rookie seasons in franchise history. He's on pace for 32 goals, which would be the most since Ray Sheppard scored 38 in 1987-88. His 68 points would be third-most by a Sabres rookie, trailing Rick Martin (74 in 1971-72) and Gilbert Perreault (72 in 1970-71).

Read about Olofsson's path to Buffalo in this feature story from October. 

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