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.
The field is wide open in 2012-13 with legitimate candidates in every conference in the country. Each week, we'll look at four of the top candidates and highlight some others to watch.
This season offers plenty of intrigue after an influx of players who left school early for pro contracts. Many of the top players on paper coming into the season will be juniors. A good portion of the Hobey winners of years past have been seniors, and there are plenty who could emerge over the course of this season. But it appears the junior class will be tough to top.
Expect there to be plenty of movement on this list during the season. The Hobey is never a sure thing for any player and can be quite elusive. Players can come out of nowhere to earn consideration, similar to Hobey Hat Trick finalist Austin Smith last year. Eye on Hockey will be staying on top of it all, getting input from college hockey insiders and scouts throughout the year.
To get things started, here's a look at four of the best players to watch coming into the season, along with a host of honorable mentions who should be strongly in the running as the year progresses.
|1. Nick Bjugstad|
|2. Mark Zengerle|
|3. Brett Gensler|
|4. Parker Milner|
Others to Watch in 2012-13 (in alphabetical order)
Danny Biega – D – Sr. – Harvard
Joey Diamond – F – Sr. – Maine
Kyle Flanagan – F – Sr. – St. Lawrence
Johnny Gaudreau – F -- So. – Boston College
Troy Grosenick – G – Jr. – Union College
Ben Hanowski – F – Sr. – St. Cloud State
Corban Knight – F – Sr. – North Dakota
Danny Kristo – F – Sr. – North Dakota
Anders Lee – F – Jr. – Notre Dame
T.J. Tynan – F – Jr. –Notre Dame.