Mats Zuccarello, a 26-year-old Norwegian — his country’s lone NHLer — sits second on the New York Rangers in points (35) and goals (13), and has been a major catalyst in New York’s recent turnaround.
Zuccarello has four goals and seven points in January, coinciding with the Rangers’ 7-2-1 mark and ascension to second place in the Metropolitan Division.
“I think his hockey sense is up there with the best in the league,” Derick Brassard said of Zuccarello, per the Wall Street Journal. “That’s why he’s having a lot of success. He plays bigger than his size, and he’s really strong on his stick.”
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