Marcus Foligno is the NHL’s Rookie of the Month


After scoring 11 points in 11 games and recording a plus-10 rating, Buffalo Sabres winger Marcus Foligno was named the NHL’s rookie of the month for March.

Foligno, 20, was recalled from AHL Rochester on Mar. 9 and made an immediate impact, scoring five goals in his first five games. In addition, he became the third Sabre in franchise history to score seven or more points in his first six games and joined Teemu Selanne and Evgeni Malkin as the only active NHLers to score five or more goals in their first six games.

The son of former Sabres star Mike Foligno (and brother of Ottawa’s Nick Foligno) beat out some pretty stiff competition for the honor. Philly’s Matt Read scored seven goals in 16 games while Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins led all rookie scorers with 12 points.

Foligno joins Nugent-Hopkins (Oct/Nov.), Adam Henrique (Dec.), Cody Hodgson (Jan.) and Landeskog (Feb.) as one of just five rookie of the month award winners this season.

Step aside Nuge: Henrique named rookie of the month

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a nice two month run as the league’s top rookie, but after a huge December, there’s a new big man on campus.

New Jersey’s Adam Henrique took home honors as the NHL’s top rookie in December thanks to scoring five goals and eight assists in 14 games. Henrique beat out Ottawa’s Jared Cowen, Vancouver’s Cody Hodgson, and Nugent-Hopkins for the month’s top honors.

Thanks to Henrique’s big month, the Devils were able to weather the absence of Travis Zajac a lot easier. With Zajac back, the Devils are that much stronger up the middle. New Jersey has won 9 of their last 12 games and have jumped up to sixth in the Eastern Conference thanks in part to Henrique.

More excitement for Nugent-Hopkins: He’s the NHL Rookie of the Month

Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the 18-year-old who scored a goal in his first NHL game and led all rookies in scoring with 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 11 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for October.

Today has been a pretty “sick” day for RNH (do kids still say sick? I want to stay relevant.) In addition to edging out fellow rookies for the award — Nashville’s Craig Smith (Nashville, 4G-5A-9PTS), Buffalo’s Luke Adam (3-6-10), Ottawa’s Colin Greening (4-4-8) and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog (4-3-7) — the Nuge is about to embark on his first professional road trip as the Oilers visit Los Angeles, Phoenix, Montreal, Boston, Detroit and Chicago over the next 12 days.

We look forward to hearing how the Chicago Hilton has the best pillows for making forts.

James Reimer named NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March


Maybe he came along a little too late to lead his team to the playoffs, but the NHL named Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer the Rookie of the Month for March.

Reimer went 9-4-1 with a 2.87 GAA, 91.3 save percentage and one shutout in March, according to the league. Overall, Reimer is 19-8-4 with an even better 92.2 save percentage, 2.55 GAA and three shutouts during the 2010-11 season.

It’ll be interesting to see if Reimer can make good on a nice half-season of work, but the Maple Leafs finally have a young goalie whom they can attach their hopes to going forward.

He beat out goalies Corey Crawford and Braden Holtby along with forwards Jeff Skinner, Tyler Ennis and Michael Grabner for the award.

Here is the list of rookie of the month winners during this season, from an NHL press release.

Reimer joins previous Rookie of the Month winners Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals (October), Sergei Bobrovsky of the Philadelphia Flyers (November), Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks (December), Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes (January) and Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders (February).

From waivers to Rooke of the Month: Michael Grabner wins February award

When Michael Grabner dominated the fastest skater competition during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, it seemed like one of those moments when an obscure NBA player does well during a dunking contest. Sure, he’s fast, but what else can he do?

Well, he can win the Rookie of the Month award, for one thing.

The speedy Islanders winger lead all rookies in February with 16 points on the strength of 10 goals and six assists. He pretty much won the award thanks to a ridiculous stretch from February 5-15th when he scored all 10 of his goals and also provided three of his six assists in six games. Grabner scored at least one goal in that six-game span.

Grabner beat out some other great rookies, as Matt Calvert, Logan Couture, Corey Crawford and James Reimer reportedly received consideration.

Here’s a list of the 2010-11 monthly winners so far from

The 23-year-old Villach, Austria native joins goaltender Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals (October), goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky of the Philadelphia Flyers (November), the Sharks’ Couture (December) and forward Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes (January) as Rookie of the Month winners this season.