NHL Names Adam Henrique Rookie of the Month
Even before the start of the season, New Jersey Devils fans were informed of some bad news – Travis Zajac, the Devils number one center, would be out due to surgery on his achilles tendon. We were already weak and Zajac’s injury didn’t help. But, one of our young players has come through to help ease the burden. Adam Henrique has brought more to the team than anyone expected. With a little over 30 games into his rookie year, Henrique is centering two top NHL forwards and is second in all NHL rookies with 28 points (10g, 8a). His hard working is starting to pay off and NHL has named him Decembers NHL Rookie of the Month. He is joining previous NHL Rookie of the Month, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who won in both October and November.
Henrique has helped the Devils make their way to sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings by recording assists and a shootout-deciding goal over the Senators on December 8th. It didn’t stop there, he had his third game-winning goal shorthanded against Tampa on December 12th, along with a pair of assists and a +3 rating that game.
In my opinion, Henrique has been one of the best two-way players. He always seems to find himself in the right position, offensively and defensively. He’s created many scoring chances because of his pressure on the forecheck. He shows the same clear work-ethic that Parise comes with every single game and that might be the reason they gel so well. Henrique is smooth with the puck and creates some great opportunities from his for-check, one of the reasons he is good on the PK. I look forward to watching him play and see what else he can do as a New Jersey Devil.