Boston Bruins winger Blake Wheeler was among the contenders for the NHL Rookie of the Month award for December, but Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason ran away with it, it was announced by the league today.
Mason in December was just 7-5-0, but he posted a .950 save percentage and miniscule 1.41 goals-against average. He also recorded three shutouts.
Last month Wheeler tallied five goals and six assists for 11 points in 13 games. Other players who were in the running were St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund, Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, Florida’s Michael Frolik and Chicago’s Kris Versteeg.