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Wild’s Faber Named NHL ‘Rookie of the Month’ for January

NEW YORK – Minnesota Wild defenseman Brock Faber, who led all rookies with 11 assists and 13 points in 14 games (2-11—13), has been named the NHL’s “Rookie of the Month” for January.

Faber edged New Jersey Devils defenseman Simon Nemec (1-7—8 in 12 GP), Arizona Coyotes center Logan Cooley (3-4—7 in 13 GP), Ottawa Senators center Ridly Greig (3-4—7 in 15 GP) and Los Angeles Kings right wing Alex Laferriere (1-6—7 in 15 GP) for the honor.

Faber, who also topped all rookies in power-play assists (6), power-play points (7) and shots on goal (31), found the scoresheet in eight of his 14 January appearances. That included a pair of three-point performances – Jan. 6 at CBJ (0-3—3) and Jan. 19 at FLA (1-2—3) – as well as a six-game point streak from Jan. 15-25 (2-7—9) – the longest by a rookie defenseman in franchise history.

The 21-year-old Faber additionally paced rookie skaters in total minutes (355:37) and average time on ice (25:24), posting eight January outings with at least 25:00. He also led rookies with 38 blocked shots, 15 more than the next-closest players.

Faber, the 45th overall pick from the 2020 NHL Draft (by LAK), tops rookies in assists (25), total minutes (1,217:56), average time on ice (24:51) and blocked shots (99) through 49 total games this season. He also ranks among the 2023-24 rookie leaders in points (2nd; 29), power-play points (3rd; 9), power-play assists (t-3rd; 7), power-play goals (t-5th; 2), shots on goal (8th; 77) and plus/minus (t-10th; +4).

Faber, the first player in Wild history to be named “Rookie of the Month,” joins Anaheim Ducks goaltender Lukas Dostal (October) and Chicago Blackhawks center Connor Bedard (November and December) as a recipient this season.

Brock Faber in January

DateOpponentGAPResult
Jan. 2CALGARY0003-1 L
Jan. 4TAMPA BAY0004-1 L
Jan. 6at Columbus0334-3 OT W
Jan. 8DALLAS0004-0 L
Jan. 10at Dallas0117-2 L
Jan. 12PHILADELPHIA0004-3 OT L
Jan. 13ARIZONA0006-0 L
Jan. 15NY ISLANDERS0115-0 W
Jan. 18at Tampa Bay0117-3 L
Jan. 19at Florida1236-4 W
Jan. 21at Carolina0225-2 W
Jan. 23WASHINGTON1015-3 W
Jan. 25NASHVILLE0113-2 L
Jan. 27ANAHEIM0003-2 L
Totals 211135-8-1
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