For the second times in as many months, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been named the NHL rookie of the month. After scoring at a point per game pace in the first month of his career Nugent-Hopkins picked up the pace with 6 goals and 10 assists, including five against the Blackhawks, in the Oilers 14 games in November.
Nugent-Hopkins is the first back-to-back winner of the Rookie of the Month since Evgeni Malkin accomplished the feat in October and November of 2006. Malkin would of course go on to win the Calder Trophy that season as the NHL’s top rookie. Just for the record, Malkin was 629 days older than Nugent-Hopkins was when they played their first NHL games.