New York – – New Jersey Devils Center Jack HughesBoston Bruins right wing David Pasternak and the Seattle Kraken Defenseman Vince Dunn The NHL “Three Stars” of the Month were named for January.
1st Star – Jack Hughes, C, New Jersey Devils
Hughes led the NHL with a 13-10-23 in 13 games—and ranked second with 67 shots on goal—to propel the Devils (32-13-4, 68 points) to a January 2-29. He found the score sheet in 12 of his 13 outings, including every one of the final eight to close out the month (Jan 13-27: 7-8-15). Hughes has recorded nine multi-point games (including four straight through the end of January: 4-4-8), four multi-goal performances (highlighted by three in four contests January 5-13: 6-2-8), Two-and-three-point efforts (Jan. 7 vs. NYR: 2-1-3 and Jan. 13 vs. ANA: 2-1-3) and a pair of game-winning goals (Jan. 13 vs. ANA: Jan. 27 vs. DAL). He became the fastest player in franchise history to reach the 60-goal mark, doing so in his 47th career game in 2022-23 (Jan. 24 vs. VGK), and the third-fastest player to accumulate a 30-goal mark (46 GP; Jan. 22 vs. hole) — behind only Paul Gardner (44 GP in 1977-78 w/ CLR) and Claude Lemieux (45 GP in 1991-92). The 21-year-old Hughes, who this week will become the first Florida-born player in NHL history to skate in multiple All-Star Games (also 2022), ranks among the league leaders in shots on goal (4th; 220), goals (t-5th; 33) and points (9; 64) through 49 total games this season (33-31-64).
Video: NJD @ DAL: Hughes scores the second goal in overtime
2nd star – David Pasternak, RW, Boston Bruins
Pastrnak shared the league lead with 13 goals and finished third overall with 21 points (13-8-21) in 14 contests to lead the Bruins (38-7-5, 81 points) to a January 10-3-1 en route to being Becomes the fastest team in NHL history to reach 80 points (47 GP). He found the scoring sheet in 10 of 14 games, most notably four-point performances on January 8 at ANA (3-1-4) and January 24 at MTL (1 3-4). Pastrnak produced four more multi-point games, a total of four multi-goal games (including three straight from Jan. 5-8: 7-1-8) and a pair of game-winning goals (Jan. 7 at SJS and Jan. 16 vs. PHI). ). He also hit 30 for the sixth time on January 8 at ANA (40 GP), becoming the fastest Boston player to do so since Cam Neely in 1993-94 (27 GP). The 26-year-old Pasternak, who will make his third career All-Star game appearance this week (also 2019 and 2020), sits among the league leaders in shots on goal (1st; 243), goals (2; 38), power goals -play (t-3rd; 14), points (4th; 71), power-play points (5th; 28) plus/minus (t-10th; +24) through 50 total games this season.
Video: BOS @ ANA: Pastrnak scores two goals in 17 seconds
3rd Star – Vince Dunn, DE, Seattle Kraken
Dunn led the defense team with a 5-12-17 record in 15 games and tied for the league lead among all skaters with a +18 rating to lift the Kraken (29-15-5, 63 points) from fifth to first in the Pacific Division on NHL Power Day- best Jan 11-3-1. Dunn, who has nearly doubled his scoring from his first 34 games of the season (4-15-19), has earned points in 11 of the 15 games he has played — including nine straight from January 5-19 (5-8). -13). He also posted a plus/minus rating of equal or better 11 times, highlighted by a career best performance of +6 on January 14 at CHI. The 26-year-old Dunn, who played the fourth-most minutes of any skater in January (365:37), ranks 11th among defensemen with a 927-36 record and tied for fifth among all players with a +26 rating in 49 overall contests. this season. His 36 points are already a career high, ahead of the 35 he collected in 78 games in 2018-19 (12-23-35 w/ STL) and matched in 73 games in 2021-22 (7-28-35 w/ SEA). ).
Video: SEA @ MTL: Dunn increases the Kraken’s lead in the first half