Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser, who led all rookies with eight goals and ranked second with 13 points in 13 games (8-5—13), has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December.
Boeser edged Boston Bruins center Danton Heinen (5-9—14 in 14 GP), New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (7-5—12 in 14 GP), Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (4-8—12 in 14 GP) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (5-4—9 in 12 GP) for the honor.
Boeser, the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, registered at least one point in nine of his 13 appearances, factoring on 39.4 percent of Vancouver’s goals for the month. That included a pair of multi-point performances, highlighted by three assists and four points Dec. 28 vs. CHI (1-3—4).
Boeser reached the 20-goal milestone in his 34th game of the season (Dec. 23 vs. STL). Only three rookies since 1991-92 have achieved the feat in fewer games: Philadelphia’s Eric Lindros (26 GP in 1992-93), Winnipeg’s Teemu Selanne (27 GP in 1992-93) and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (33 GP in 2005-06).
The 20-year-old Burnsville, Minn., native – who also won Rookie of the Month honors in November – shares fourth place in the entire NHL with 21 goals through 36 games this season. He also leads all rookies in goals (21), points (38), power-play goals (6), power-play points (15) and shooting percentage (21.0%).
* Information provided via NHL Press Release