Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who led all led all first-year defensemen with 10 points in 15 games during November, has earned NHL rookie of the month honors, the league announced today.
Dahlin, 18, average 19 minutes, 52 seconds of ice time as the Sabres went 11-3-1 during November, jumping to second place in the NHL standings with 37 points (17-7-3). His plus-9 rating also ranked second among all rookies.
The Swede compiled one goal and nine points during the Sabres’ franchise-tying 10-game-winning streak, which ended with Thursday’s 5-4 road loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The first overall pick is the Sabres’ first rookie of the month since winger Marcus Foligno in March 2012.
Dahlin beat out Vancouver center Elias Pettersson (six goals and 12 points) and Ottawa forwards Brady Tkachuk (six goals and 10 points) and Colin White (five goals and 10 points) and Los Angeles goalie Cal Petersen (4-4-0, 2.41 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage) for the award.
In other news, four Sabres – Dahlin, center Jack Eichel, defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and winger Jeff Skinner – are on the online ballot for Atlantic Division captain for the NHL All-Star Game ballot the league released on its web site.