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Henrique, Larsson named All-Star Rookies

Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 3:29 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Henrique, Larsson named All-Star Rookies
Rookie standouts Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson have been rewarded with a trip to this year's All-Star Weekend.
They were named Thursday to the NHL's All-Star Rookies and will travel to Ottawa to represent the Devils when the festivities get under way on Thursday, Jan. 26. The All-Star Game is set for Sunday, Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place.

Both Adams have emerged as difference-makers for the surging Devils (24-17-2), who find themselves in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt with just under half the season remaining. 

Henrique ranks among the NHL's top-scoring rookies with 13 goals (tied 1st) and 21 assists (2nd). With 34 points, he trails only Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins by one for the overall rookie lead.

The 21-year-old has been a lethal component of the Devils' top-ranked penalty kill. He's tied with linemate Zach Parise for the League lead in shorthanded points (7), and tied with Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck for the overall lead in shorthanded goals (4). Only Parise (4) has more shorthanded helpers than Henrique, who's even with Wild captain Mikko Koivu (3) for second.

Henrique has also helped stabilize the Devils' top line since he was slotted between Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk on Nov. 2. His seven-game points streak (2g-7a) from Nov. 25-Dec. 8 is tops by a rookie this season and came one game shy of matching a Devils rookie record.

He maintained his torrid pace in December, collecting five goals, eight assists and a +9 rating in 14 games to earn NHL Rookie of the Month honors. The last Devils forward named NHL Rookie of the Month was Scott Gomez, who went on to claim the 2000 Calder Trophy.

Henrique was drafted in the third round, 82nd overall, in 2008. 

Larsson has been a vital addition to the blue line, where he's played more like a 19-year vet than a 19-year-old. His 12 assists and 14 points are not only tops among all rookie rearguards, but lead all Devils defensemen. Only Kovalchuk and Parise average more ice time than Larsson's 21:41 per game.

The fourth overall pick at last year's Draft, Larsson put up points (1g-4a) in five straight games from Nov. 19-26 to match a team mark for rookie defensemen. It's the longest by any first-year blueliner this season.