San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, who led all scorers with six points (one goal, five assists) in three games, has been named the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, December 4. Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who backstopped the Predators to three consecutive victories, one by shootout, and recorded a 1.30 goals-against average and .952 save percentage, is the League’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Phoenix Coyotes left wing Ladislav Nagy (3-2--5 in two games) and Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic (2-3--5 in three games) were runners-up for offensive honors, while goaltenders Martin Biron of the Buffalo Sabres (3-0-0, 2.35 GAA), Ilya Bryzgalov of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA) and John Grahame of the Tampa Bay Lightning (2-0-0, 1.44 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.
Marleau posted a pair of three-point games as the Sharks opened their inter-conference schedule with consecutive road victories against Northeast Division opponents. The Sharks captain tallied three assists and was named Second Star of a 5-0 victory at Buffalo Friday, ending the Sabres' five-game winning streak, and recorded a goal and two assists and earned First Star honors in a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday. San Jose had opened the week with a 4-1 loss at Dallas Wednesday.
Marleau leads the Sharks in goals (11) and power-play goals (seven) and ranks second in scoring (11-18--29) in 26 games. The second overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Marleau, 26, is in his eighth NHL season. He ranks second on the Sharks' all-time list in career games (584), goals (164) and points (356). The Sharks (10-12-4, 24 points) begin a four-game homestand Tuesday against Atlanta (10:30 p.m., ET, OLN). On the junior front, the WHL announced that Devin Setoguchi of the Saskatoon Blades has been named the WHL Player of the Month for November.
The 18-year-old forward from Taber, Alberta, recorded nine goals and 23 points in 14 games played during the month of November. Setoguchi helped lead the Blades to a 10-4 record for the month.
He recorded five power-play goals and two game-winning goals, while collecting only four penalty minutes in November.
Setoguchi was named Greyhound WHL Player of the Week during the week of November 7-13. In addition to his 23 points in November, Setoguchi recorded three goals in his lone appearance in the ADT Canada Russia Challenge on November 30th in Saskatoon against the Russian Selects. He was also named the Player of the Game for Team WHL.
Setoguchi was drafted in the 1st round, 8th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and is currently third in WHL in scoring with 14 goals and 38 points.