CHICAGO - There have been few rookies in Blackhawks history who've delivered the points like "The Bread Man" this season.
This past week they came at a pace even higher than usual, giving Artemi Panarin an NHL honor in the present while increasing his chances for one in the future.
After scoring eight points in three games this past week the rookie forward was named the league's No. 1 star. It also puts him among the front runners for the NHL's Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year.
This past week Panarin had three goals and five assists as the Blackhawks won two-of-their three games.
That brings Panarin's point total to 72 on the season, tops for all rookies. His 28 goals and 44 assists put him in the running for the NHL's top rookie honor-but he will have competition.
Despite missing a lot of the season Edmonton forward Connor McDavid has played well in his time on the ice and could pass Panarin for the honor. He's picked up 45 points on the season and joins with the Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere as leading candidates with Panarin for the Calder Trophy.
Gostisbehere has 16 goals and 27 assists in his first year in Philadephia.
If Panarin wins he would be the first Blackhawks player to take home the honor since Patrick Kane in 2007-2008.