Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who posted a 7-1-2 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in 11 starts, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November.
Bobrovsky edged Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (4-8--12 in
14 games) and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (4-7--11 in
13 GP) for the award.
Bobrovsky allowed two goals or fewer in eight appearances, plus a season-high 36 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss at Washington on Nov. 7. He allowed just one goal in victories over the New York Rangers (4-1, Nov. 4), New York Islanders (2-1, Nov. 6), Carolina Hurricanes (8-1, Nov. 11), Ottawa Senators (5-1, Nov. 15) and Minnesota Wild (6-1, Nov. 24).
A strong start to the season, which included a five-game winning streak and 10 consecutive games without a regulation loss (9-0-1), earned Bobrovsky the starting job. He is tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (12-4-2) and ranks sixth in goals-against average (2.18) and save percentage (.926).
No Flyer has ever won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year. Bill Barber was edged by the Rangers' Steve Vickers in 1972 and Ron Hextall was snubbed by Luc Robitaille in 1987.