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Donskoi Voted 'Sharks Rookie of the Year' presented by SAP

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that forward Joonas Donskoi has been selected as this year's "Sharks Rookie of the Year" presented by SAP in a vote by Bay Area media.

Donskoi has recorded 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 74 games with San Jose this season. He currently ranks T-10th amongst all NHL rookies in points, 14th in goals, and 6th in assists. Donskoi ranks 5th and 6th on the Sharks rookie single season leaders list for assists and points, respectively.

The 23-year-old rookie made his NHL debut on Oct. 7 at Los Angeles, registering his first career point (goal) to become 14th Shark to record a goal in his debut and the 31st player in Sharks franchise history to register a point in his first NHL game. The Finnish forward recorded five multi-point games during his rookie campaign, including scoring the game winner on Mar. 15 vs Boston to go along with an assist.

The six-foot, 180-pound native of Raahe, Finland was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed by San Jose as a free agent on May 19, 2015.

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD:

2015-16 Joonas Donskoi

2014-15 Melker Karlsson

2013-14 Matt Nieto & Tomas Hertl

2012-13 Matt Irwin

2011-12 Andrew Desjardins

2010-11 Logan Couture

2009-10 Jason Demers

2008-09 Tomas Plihal

2007-08 Torrey Mitchell

2006-07 Marc-Edouard Vlasic

2005-06 Milan Michalek

2003-04 Tom Preissing

2002-03 Jim Fahey

2001-02 Matt Bradley

2000-01 Evgeni Nabokov

1999-00 Brad Stuart

1998-99 Alexander Korolyuk

1997-98 Patrick Marleau, Marco Sturm, Andrei Zyuzin

1996-97 Stephen Guolla

1995-96 Marcus Ragnarsson

1994-95 Jeff Friesen

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