Kings’ Muzzin Named NHL Rookie of the Month for March Muzzin recorded 4-7—11 and posted a +10 rating in 17 games

NEW YORK – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, who recorded 4-7—11 and posted Los Angeles Kings headshotsa +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 St. Louis Blues 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) of the 2007 NHL 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 St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (January) and Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (February) as Rookie of the Month winners this season.

Jake Muzzin in March 

Date      Opponent        G    A     PTS   Result

March 2   at Vancouver    0    1     1     5-2 loss

March 4   NASHVILLE       0    0     0     5-1 win

March 5   ST. LOUIS       2    1     3     6-4 win

March 7   DALLAS          0    0     0     5-2 loss

March 9   CALGARY         1    0     1     6-2 win

March 11  CALGARY         0    2     2     3-1 win

March 12  at Phoenix      0    1     1     5-2 loss

March 14  at San Jose     0    0     0     4-3 loss

March 16  SAN JOSE        0    0     0     5-2 win

March 18  PHOENIX         1    0     1     4-0 win

March 19  PHOENIX         0    1     1     3-2 win

March 21  DALLAS          0    0     0     2-0 loss

March 23  VANCOUVER       0    0     0     1-0 loss

March 25  at Chicago      0    0     0     5-4 win

March 28  at St. Louis    0    0     0     4-2 win

March 30  at Minnesota    0    1     1     4-3 loss (shootout)

March 31  at Dallas       0    0     0     3-2 win

Totals                    4    7     11

 

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