Stastny Finished 2nd In Rookie Of The Year Balloting
(left) DU Alum's Paul Stastny & Matt Carle were named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team on Thursday. Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the conclusion of the regular season.
The Sharks received an offensive boost from Carle, who scored the Sharks' first goal of the season on opening night vs. St. Louis Oct. 5 and he finished the month with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists), the third-highest October point total for a rookie defenseman in League history. Carle finished the campaign as the scoring leader among rookie defensemen and sixth among all Sharks with 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists) in 77 games.
Stastny earned a place in the NHL record book in his first NHL season, setting a rookie mark by registering at least a point in 20 consecutive games from Feb. 3 to Mar. 17. Stastny became just the third NHL player since 1993-94 to record a 20-game streak, joining Dany Heatley (22 games) with the Ottawa Senators in 2005-06 and Adam Oates (20) for the Boston Bruins in 1996-97. Stastny finished the season tied for the rookie lead in game-winning goals (six), ranked second in points (78) and power-play goals (11) and was fourth in goals (28).