Muzzin Named NHL Rookie Of The Month For March
NEW YORK, NY – Former Manchester Monarchs and current Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, who recorded four goals and seven assists for 11 points and posted a +10 rating in 17 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.
Muzzin edged Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (3-12=15 in 14 games), Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (5-7=12 in 16 games), Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (5-6=11 in 14 games), St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (5-2-0, 2.33 GAA, 1 SO) and Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner (3-1-3, 2.07 GAA) for the honor.
Muzzin, 24, had a career-high two goals and three points in a 6-4 win over the Blues on March 5. He also posted his first career multi-assist game (0-2=2) in a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames March 11 and first career game-winning goal in a 4-0 triumph over the Phoenix Coyotes March 18.
Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (141st overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Muzzin signed with the Kings as a free agent on Jan. 4, 2010. In 32 games this season, he leads all rookies with a +13 rating and ranks tied for third among freshmen blueliners with 14 points (6-8=14). Muzzin joins Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (January) and Huberdeau (February) as Rookie of the Month winners this season.
Muzzin appeared in 29 games for the Monarchs this season registering two goals and nine assists for 11 points. In parts of three seasons with the Monarchs, Muzzin tallied 12 goals and 49 assists for 61 points and 101 penalty minutes in 146 games.
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