Every week this season, Eye on Hockey will be tracking the best players in college hockey as they compete for the ultimate individual prize, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
It's early yet, but the race for the Hobey Baker continues to heat up as the season progresses. Many players across the country have jumped out to quick starts and are putting up points at an alarming rate.
For weeks, it has been St. Lawrence's Kyle Flanagan heads above the rest when it came to production. Now, he has more than a little company at the top of the scoring charts. The rest of this week's Hobey Baker Award Watch fills out with mostly familiar faces, including the return of Brett Gensler, who started out the season in the No. 3 spot. Johnny Gaudreau only solidified his spot in the top two with another terrific weekend, while Drew Shore remains steadfast at No. 4.
While we haven't had any defensemen even among the Others to Watch the last few weeks, Michigan's Mac Bennett and Denver's Joey Laleggia could eventually factor into the Hobey discussion, with both averaging better than a point-per-game. There could also be a strong case made for Boston College goalie Parker Milner, who was on our Watch as the preseason No. 4, while Dartmouth's Cab Morris and New Hampshire's Casey DeSmith are both off to notable starts between the pipes this year.
St. Lawrence's dynamic duo of Flanagan and Greg Carey are also getting some competition from St. Cloud's Drew LeBlanc and Nic Dowd for the nation's best 1-2 punch. So there could be a lot more movement on the Hobey Watch over the next few weeks.
College hockey is coming into the holiday season awfully hot, which should make for an exciting winter.
Let's get to this week's Watch.
|1. Kyle Flanagan – St. Lawrence|
|2. Johnny Gaudreau – Boston College|
|3. Brett Gensler – Bentley|
|4. Nick Shore -- Denver|
Others to watch:
Greg Carey – F – Jr. – St. Lawrence
A.J. Treais – F – Sr. -- Michigan
Nic Dowd – F – Jr. – St. Cloud State
Austin Czarnik – F – So. – Miami
Drew LeBlanc – F – Jr. – St. Cloud State