It’s Marner’s turn as top rookie

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Toronto for­ward Mitch Marner has been named the NHL’s rookie of the month for Jan­uary, be­com­ing the third Maple Leaf to win the award over the first four months of the sea­son.

Marner led all rook­ies with 11 as­sists and 15 points in 13 games. He beat Carolina Hur­ri­canes right-wing Se­bas­tian Aho (eight goals, two as­sists), Detroit Red Wings right-wing An­thony Man­tha (four goals, six as­sists) and Win­nipeg Jets rightwing Pa­trik Laine (four goals, six as­sists in six games) for the hon­our.

The 19-year-old joins team­mates Wil­liam Ny­lan­der (Oc­to­ber) and Aus­ton Matthews (De­cem­ber) as rookie of the month win­ners this sea­son, mak­ing the Maple Leafs the first NHL team with three dif­fer­ent win­ners of the award in one sea­son.

Marner, the fourth over­all se­lec­tion in the 2015 NHL draft, leads first-year play­ers with 29 as­sists this sea­son and is tied with Laine for the rookie lead in points with 41.

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