December was a very productive month for the Washington Capitals latest rookie sensation Nicklas Backstrom.
Last month he led all rookies in scoring, compiling 14 points in thirteen games, an achievement that did not go without notice.
Thursday, his December success was rewarded as he was named Rookie of the Month, just the latest in accolades that have come to the flashy Swede who was picked fourth overall in the 2006 hockey draft.
While some guy named Alexander seems to get most of the ink in Washington these days, they're starting to save some in reserve for the young fellow from Gavle, Sweden who is already showing that his arrival in the NHL should make for an interesting time.
ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
Jonathan Toews--Chicago Black Hawks
Patrick Kane--Chicago Black Hawks
Martin Hanzal--Phoenix Coyotes
Tobia Enstrom--Atlanta Thrashers