Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins named NHL's top rookie for second consecutive month
Nugent-Hopkins edged New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (5-9--14 in 14 games), Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (3-5--8 in 13 games), Philadelphia Flyers right wing Matt Read (6-1--7 in 10 games) and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth (6-4-1, 2.31 goals-against average, one shutout) for the award.
The first overall pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, Nugent-Hopkins recorded an historic five-assist performance in a 9-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 19, becoming the first 18-year-old in NHL history to tally five assists in one game and only the fourth 18-year-old with five points in a game. He scored a pair of goals in a 5-2 win at Minnesota Nov. 25, ending the Oilers' 17-game winless streak at Xcel Energy Center, and closed the month figuring in both Edmonton goals in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Wild Nov. 30. The last Oilers rookies to exceed Nugent-Hopkins' calendar month points total were Hockey Hall of Famers Glenn Anderson and Jari Kurri, who tallied 23 and 20 points, respectively, in March 1981.
Nugent-Hopkins leads the Oilers and all rookies in scoring with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) in 25 games and ranks sixth in the overall NHL scoring race.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in November: 6 goals, 10 assists, 16 points
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