HERSHEY -- There wasn't much doubt that the MAG line -- Graham Mink, Keith Aucoin and Alexandre Giroux -- was going to pack a lot of punch for the Hershey Bears when the season started.
What wasn't expected, however, was the performance of the rookie line -- Francois Bouchard, Mathieu Perreault and Oskar Osala.
Led by Osala, the left wing on that line, the trio has already scored 27 goals and 61 points.
The Bears aren't alone in noticing that performance. Tuesday, the American Hockey League named Osala the league's rookie of the month for November.
Osala, selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by Washington, scored 10 goals and assisted on four for 14 points in 14 games in November, posting a plus-12 plus-minus rating in the process.
The 10 November goals gave Osala 16 for the season, tying him for second in the league in goals behind Giroux's 17.
"We probably didn't think (at the beginning of the season) the Bouchard-Perreault-Osala line was gonna score as much as they've scored," said Hershey coach Bob Woods. "They've been a real pleasant surprise. They're probably our most consistent guys all year long as far as offensive output."
Osala becomes the first Hershey player to win the AHL's rookie of the month award since the league began making the monthly presentations.
He also became the second Hershey player to be honored by the league in its monthly awards. Aucoin was named the player of the month for October.
Also honored by the league were Quad City center Jamie Lundmark, who was named player of the month after scoring five goals and 14 assists for 19 points in 13 games, and Manitoba's Cory Schneider, who was named goalie of the month after posting a 5-0-0 record with a 1.24 goals-against average and one shutout before getting recalled by the NHL Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 22.