April 1, 2013 12:41 pm

Muzzin recognized by the NHL

Jake Muzzin was recognized as the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March after finishing a 17-game span with four goals, 11 points and a plus-10 rating.

Muzzin recorded points in eight different games during a span in which the Kings played 17 times over the final 30 days of the month. His most productive performance came on March 5 when he helped Los Angeles erase a 4-1 deficit with two goals and an assist en route to being named the game’s first star in a 6-4 win over the visiting St. Louis Blues.

Regardless of position, he currently leads all rookies with a plus-13 rating. His six goals lead all rookie defensemen.

The Kings produced a 10-6-1 record in March, marking the sixth time the team has won at least 10 games in a single month in club history.

Muzzin’s most significant competition likely came from Chicago Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad, who had produced 15 points (3-12=15) over 14 games in which he saw heavy ice time alongside Jonathan Toews and Michael Frolik.

Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February, while St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko earned the honors in January.

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