Thrashers defenceman Tobias Enstrom named NHL rookie of the month

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NEW YORK - Atlanta Thrashers defenceman Tobias Enstrom was named NHL rookie of the month Tuesday.

He led all rookie blue-liners in scoring with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 12 games. Enstrom had a career-high three assists in a 5-1 victory at Washington on Nov. 21. He also played an average of 25 minutes per game.

Chicago forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were also considered for the award, along with Phoenix Coyotes centre Peter Mueller.

Atlanta forward Ilya Kovalchuk was named the NHL's first star of the month on Monday. The Thrashers are the first club since the 1996-97 Ottawa Senators to have swept the monthly honours, the league said.

Senators goaltender Ron Tugnutt and defenceman Wade Redden were the top player and rookie, respectively, in April 1997.



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