Nugent-Hopkins named NHL Rookie of the Month
18-year-old has scored 5 goals & 11 points in 11 games this season
Nugent-Hopkins edged Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (4-5--9 in 11 games), Buffalo Sabres center Luke Adam (3-6--10 in 10 games), Ottawa Senators left wing Colin Greening (4-4--8 in 12 games) and Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (4-3--7 in 11 games) for the award.
Making his NHL debut less than four months after being selected first overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, Nugent-Hopkins notched the game-tying goal with 4:55 remaining in regulation as the Oilers rallied for a 2-1 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their season opener Oct. 9. He tallied a hat trick in his third career game, in a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 15, scored his first game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers Oct. 22 and concluded the month with a pair of assists in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Oct. 30. The win extended the Oilers' winning streak to five and lifted the club to first place in the Western Conference.
Nugent-Hopkins entered the 2011 NHL Draft as the top-rated North American skater by the League's Central Scouting Service after leading the Western Hockey League with 75 assists in 69 games for the Red Deer Rebels in 2010-11. The Burnaby, B.C. native became the first WHL player selected first overall since 1996, when the Ottawa Senators tabbed Prince Albert Raiders defenseman Chris Phillips as the top pick.
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