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From waivers to Rooke of the Month: Michael Grabner wins February award

Tomas Vokoun, Michael Grabner

Florida Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun, left, blocks a shot by New York Islanders’ Michael Grabner during the third period of the NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won 5-1. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


When Michael Grabner dominated the fastest skater competition during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, it seemed like one of those moments when an obscure NBA player does well during a dunking contest. Sure, he’s fast, but what else can he do?

Well, he can win the Rookie of the Month award, for one thing.

The speedy Islanders winger lead all rookies in February with 16 points on the strength of 10 goals and six assists. He pretty much won the award thanks to a ridiculous stretch from February 5-15th when he scored all 10 of his goals and also provided three of his six assists in six games. Grabner scored at least one goal in that six-game span.

Grabner beat out some other great rookies, as Matt Calvert, Logan Couture, Corey Crawford and James Reimer reportedly received consideration.

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The 23-year-old Villach, Austria native joins goaltender Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals (October), goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky of the Philadelphia Flyers (November), the Sharks’ Couture (December) and forward Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes (January) as Rookie of the Month winners this season.