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Nugent-Hopkins wins second NHL rookie of the month award

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, first overall NHL draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers, poses for a portrait photographer during the NHLPA rookie showcase at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence Tuesday August 30, 2011. (Tim Fraser for The Globe and Mail)

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Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is getting into the habit of winning rookie of the month awards.

Nugent-Hopkins earned his second consecutive NHL rookie of the month award on Friday after recording 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 14 games in November.

The 18-year-old joins Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (2006-07) as the only players in the past 20 years to sweep rookie honours for the first two months of a season.

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Centre Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils was also considered for the award with five goals and nine assists in 14 games.

Nashville Predators centre Craig Smith (three goals, five assists in 13 games), Philadelphia Flyers right-winger Matt Read (six goals, one assist in 10 games) and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth (six wins, 2.31 goals-against average, one shutout) were also nominated.

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