The NHL announced last night that Brady Skjei had been voted to the NHL's All-Rookie Team for 2016-17.
Skjei was named to the team along with Columbus' Zach Werenski, Toronto's Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, Winnipeg's Patrick Laine and Pittsburgh's Matt Murray.
As part of the NHL & Rangers' announcement:
- Skjei, the 28th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, ranked second among rookie blueliners with 34 assists, 39 points and a +11 rating in 80 appearances.(NHL)
- His 39 points were the most by a Rangers rookie defenseman since 1988-89, when Brian Leetch collected 23-48-71. (NHL)
- Skjei's totals included a six-game assist/point streak from Oct. 30 - Nov. 8 (0-7-7), also the longest such run by a New York rookie blueliner since Leetch in 1988-89.
- The 23-year-old Lakeville, Minn., native is the Rangers' first All-Rookie Team selection since 2009-10 (Michael Del Zotto) as well as the third defenseman in franchise history to earn the distinction, following Leetch (1988-89) and Del Zotto (2009-10). (NHL)
- He became the fourth defenseman in franchise history to register at least 30 assists in his rookie season, joining Leetch (48 - 1988-89), Reijo Ruotsalainen (38 - 1981-82), and Ron Greschner (37 - 1974-75). (NYR)
- The 6-3, 211-pounder led all NHL rookies in even strength assists in 2016-17 (27). (NYR)
- In addition, Skjei became the first NHL defenseman to tally at least 27 even strength assists in his rookie season since Larry Murphy in 1980-81. (NYR)
- Skjei tied for fourth among all NHL defensemen in even strength assists this past season, as he only trailed Duncan Keith, Erik Karlsson, and Brent Burns, and was tied with Victor Hedman. (NYR)
- He registered 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) and posted a plus-13 rating over a 16-game span from Jan. 19, 2017 at Toronto to Feb. 25, 2017 at New Jersey, and he was the only NHL player who recorded at least 12 points and a plus-13 rating during the stretch. (NYR)
Skjei tied for 10th in the Calder voting, getting 1 fifth place vote.