What a difference a month can make! A few games into the 2017-18 season there was a segment of Chicago Blackhawks fans who wanted to send rookie forward Alex DeBrincat down to the Rockford IceHogs for “some more seasoning.” Well that group has been very quiet over the past few weeks.
DeBrincat had just one goal and five points during his 12 games in the month of October, but he has been a sensation since the calendar flipped over to November. In 13 games last month, DeBrincat scored 10 goals and added four assists.
However, his performance was not good enough to win the National Hockey League’s Rookie of the Month for November. That honor went to Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks who had 11 goals and 16 points in 15 games.
In fact, DeBrincat finished third in voting behind Matt Barzal of the New York Islanders who had 14 assists in 12 games to go along with his three goals.
After the slow start, DeBrincat has put himself right in the thick of the Calder Trophy race for the league’s top rookie. However, this year’s rookie crop is pretty talented with Boeser, Barzal, Alex Kerfoot, Nico Hiischier, Will Butcher and Clayton Keller all off to terrific starts as well.
Do you think Alex DeBrincat will be the second Blackhawk to will the Calder Trophy in the last three years?
With 16 points in 15 games, @BBoeser16 is the Rookie of the Month! More: https://t.co/D1KGosv78Y pic.twitter.com/HatP09yTUS
— NHL (@NHL) December 1, 2017