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Henrique, Larsson named All-Star Rookies

Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 3:29 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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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.

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51