NA3HL alum Nedeljkovic named NHL Rookie of the Month
The National Hockey League announced that Carolina Hurricanes goaltender and NA3HL alum Alex Nedeljkovic has been named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for March.
Nedeljkovic, 25, registered a 6-1-1 record, 1.85 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout in eight appearances during the month of March. He has posted an 8-3-2 record, 2.05 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and two shutouts in 13 games with the Hurricanes this season. Among rookie NHL goaltenders, Nedeljkovic ranks first in goals-against average and save percentage, and he is tied for first in shutouts. In 19 career NHL appearances with the Hurricanes, Nedeljkovic has earned a 10-5-3 record, 2.19 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and two shutouts.
The 6'0", 189-pound netminder won the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL's most outstanding goaltender during the 2018-19 season with Charlotte after posting a 34-9-5 record with four shutouts, a 2.26 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. During the Checkers' Calder Cup championship run in 2019, he earned a 10-4 record, 2.34 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and one shutout. Nedeljkovic registered an 88-45-11 record, 2.57 goals-against average, .904 save percentage and 14 shutouts in 153 career AHL games with Charlotte. The Parma, Ohio, native was drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round, 37th overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Nedeljkovic spent the majority of November and December in the NA3HL with the Metro Jets during the 2012-13 season. He made an immediate impact as he was named as the NA3HL Goaltender of the Month in November. He was in goal for all four of his team's wins in November as he posted a perfect 4-0 record along with a 94.2% save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average. During the month of November, he stopped 129 of a possible 137 shots on goal.
He went on to play five more games in the NA3HL during December and January. In total, he posted a 5-3-0 record with a 2.49 goals against average and a 93.3% save percentage.