Flames rookie Phaneuf feted

Flames' Phaneuf named NHL rookie of the month

His name isn't Crosby or Ovechkin but he is one of hockey's brightest young stars.

Dion Phaneuf is Calgary's future on defence and on Friday the 20-year-old was named NHL rookie of the month for November.

Phaneuf led all rookie defencemen in scoring during the month with three goals and six assists for nine points, as the Flames boasted a 10-2-1 record.

The Edmonton native edged centre Sidney Crosby and defenceman Ryan Whitney, both of the Pittsburgh Penguins, for the award.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin and Colorado Avalanche winger Marek Svatos also were considered.

Phaneuf was at his best on Nov. 7 against the Vancouver Canucks, collecting a goal and two assists for his first career three-point game, in a 4-3 Calgary win.

Phaneuf was the Flames' top pick, ninth overall, in the 2003 NHL draft.

with files from Canadian Press