Krys Kolanos wins Rookie of the Month
Calder Candidate Krys Kolanos has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November. Krys posted nine points (five goals, four assists) in 14 games, including a four-game scoring streak, and led all rookies with a plus/minus rating of +7. The 20-year old Kolanos has posted 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 26 games to rank among the NHL’s top scoring rookies in goals (fourth) and points (fifth) and leads all rookies with four game-winning goals and a plus/minus rating of +9.
In winning Rookie Honors for November, Kolanos edged Atlanta Thrashers Dany Heatley, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Minnesota Wild Pascal Dupuis to capture the award.
Kolanos has been playing with a total of 6 different line mates this season so far and his seen an average of only 13:10 a game. Kolanos came into camp after foregoing his final two years at Boston College to try and make a spot on the Coyotes, in which he did. Kolanos according to Francis has been a “Crunch-time player” and has showed his remarkable scoring touch with his eight goals this season so far. Kolanos may move to the Coyote Ugly line when Landon Wilson returns for the first time this season on Wednesday against St. Louis Blues and will most likely center Brad May and Wilson.
Kolanos recorded points in seven games this month, beginning with an assist on Nov. 7 against Detroit and a game-winning goal on Nov. 9 at Dallas. He opened a four-game scoring streak on Nov. 13 with a goal in a 5-4 overtime loss to Edmonton. On Nov. 15, he scored a goal to help the Coyotes defeat San Jose 5-3 before tallying the game-winning goal and adding an assist at home over the New York Islanders on Nov. 17, marking his first career multiple-point game. Kolanos recorded an assist to help the Coyotes defeat Minnesota on Nov. 20 and notched a goal and an assist Nov. 24 against the St. Louis Blues.
Phoenix Coyotes– Assigned goaltender Robert Esche, right wing Landon Wilson and defenseman David Cullen to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
Springfield Falcons (AHL)– Assigned goaltender Zac Bierk to Augusta of the East Coast Hockey League.
Springfield Falcons (AHL)– Recalled goaltender Colin Zulianello from Mississippi of the East Coast Hockey League.
News and Notes:
Landon Wilson had 2 goals and 1 assist and was named 1st Star of the Game in the Falcons win over Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday.
Robert Esche made 35 saves in a 1-0 win over Bridgeport Sound Tigers but injured himself and was dianosed with a groin strain and estimated out about one week.
There will be no statistical update this week.