Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been named NHL Rookie of the Month for January, the league announced Wednesday.
Luukkonen led all rookie goaltenders in wins (6), saves (274), and time on ice (550:00) in that span. The 23-year-old made 30-plus saves in five of those games, including a 39-save victory over Minnesota on January 7.
Since making his season debut in Toronto on November 19, Luukkonen is tied for sixth in wins (13), tied for third in road wins (7), and ranks ninth in road saves (308) among all NHL goaltenders.
Luukkonen is expected to start between the pipes on Wednesday at home against the Carolina Hurricanes in the final game before the NHL All-Star break.