Saturday, April 2, 2016
Connor McDavid Captures NHL March Rookie of the Month Honors
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who led all rookies with 11 assists and 16 points in 15 games, has been named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for March.
McDavid edged Buffalo Sabres teammates Sam Reinhart (4-8-12 in 15 GP) and Jack Eichel (6-4-10 in 14 GP), Arizona Coyotes left wing Anthony Duclair (3-7-10 in 14 GP), and St. Louis Blues center Robby Fabbri (3-6-9 in 12 GP) for the honor.
McDavid, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, picked up at least one point in 11 of his 15 March appearances, highlighted by a seven-game point streak March 14-26 (1-9-10). He also registered five multi-point performances, led by a pair of goals - including the overtime winner - in his first NHL meeting with Eichel, the No. 2 overall pick last year, March 1.
The 19-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native paces all rookies - and ranks third in the NHL - with an average of 1.07 points per game this season (15-30-45 in 42 GP). McDavid also won Rookie of the Month honors in October (5-7-12 in 12 GP) and February (5-12-17 in 14 GP).