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Feb 1, 2007, 12:53 PM EST

NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks right wing Ryane Clowe, who tallied 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 11 games and led all rookies in goals and plus-minus (+10), has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Clowe edged Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (6-11--17 in 12 games), Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (5-7--12 in 12 games) and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (2-8--10 in 12 games) for the award.

Clowe was elevated to the Sharks' top line with Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton and the trio combined to score 20 of the team's 41 goals in January. Clowe tallied five multiple-point games, including two goals in a 9-4 victory against Detroit Jan. 4 and his first career hat trick, all power-play goals, in a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 6. He scored the game-winning goal and added two assists in a 4-1 win over Phoenix on Jan. 13 and notched another three-point game (two goals, one assist) in a 5-2 win over the Coyotes Jan. 18. He recorded his first career three-assist outing in a 5-1 victory over Edmonton Jan. 26.

A 24-year-old native of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Clowe was selected in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2001 Entry Draft. He played two full seasons with the Sharks' AHL affiliate in Cleveland before making his NHL debut in 2005-06, appearing in 18 regular-season games and one Stanley Cup playoff contest. He ranks 10th among NHL rookie scorers this season with 21 points (12 goals, 9 assists) in 27 games.

Clowe is the third player to earn NHL Rookie of the Month honors this season, joining Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin (October, November) and Colorado's Wojtek Wolski (December).

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