The National Hockey League announced on Feb. 1 that forward Ryane Clowe
had been selected the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.
Clowe, 24, led all League rookies with his nine goals (9-7=16) in 11 games. One of only three players in the NHL from Newfoundland, he posted four, three-point games on the month. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound power forward posted four power play goals, two game-winning goals and was a team-leading plus-10 for the month.
On Jan. 6 against Columbus, Clowe registered his first career hat trick (3-0=3). He would then set another career-high with his three-assist (0-3=3) performance at Edmonton on Jan. 26. Originally selected by the Sharks in the 2001 Entry Draft (6th round, 175th overall), he also led the team with three fighting majors.
Through games of Feb. 8, he is seventh among League rookies in goals (12), eighth in power play goals (4) and seventh in points (12-15=27) in just 31 games. He made his NHL debut last season posting just two assists in 18 games.
Spending lots of time on a line with NHL All-Stars Joe Thornton
and Patrick Marleau
certainly doesn’t hurt, but Clowe has earned the spot by putting himself in a position to succeed.
"‘Clowie’ isn't a great skater, in terms of speed, but he's powerful and has nice hands," said Sharks Coach Ron Wilson.
"He has got a really heavy stick and, with Patty (Marleau) on the line now, that adds some speed with Joe. He fully understands what he's got to do when he gets the puck--that's get the puck behind the net to Joe."
"It's just a pleasure to play with Joe and Patty, two players of that caliber,” said Clowe. “I'm just trying to work the corners and get them the puck and they just tell me to keep my stick on the ice."
Clowe became the first Shark to be named NHL Rookie of the Month since Evgeni Nabokov repeated during the 2000-01 regular season (November and December). He joins Nabokov, Marco Sturm (Nov. 1997) and Rob Gaudreau (Dec. 1992) as one of just four Sharks to earn the distinction.
Clowe edged out Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Colorado’s Wojtek Wolski for January honors.