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By the Numbers: Coyotes’ Clayton Keller off to incredible start

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The Arizona Coyotes have limped to a 2-13-2 start this season, but rookie center Clayton Keller has been a bright spot.

The 19-year-old has done special things with the puck on his stick. He was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for October and has established himself as a favorite for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

When the puck drops between the Coyotes and Blues on Thursday, Keller will play in his hometown of St. Louis for the second time in 21 career games. He made his NHL debut at the Scottrade Center last March.

Here are the numbers that tell the story of Keller’s incredible start.

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Keller’s nine goals in October were the most among rookies.

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Keller’s 11 points in October were the most among first-year players.

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Keller has scored 11 goals in his first 17 games.

Only Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and John Tavares of the New York Islanders have found the back of the net more often. 

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Keller’s 17 points is tops among NHL rookies.

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Seven of Keller’s 11 goals have either tied the game or given his team the lead, per STATS LLC.

He ranks second in the NHL in that category behind only Kucherov (8).

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Keller has averaged just over 26 shifts per game this season, trailing only Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins (27.57) among rookies.

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