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.
Last week's Hobey Watch had more of an Eastern vibe. This week it's flipped at the top with the Western region taking a step forward.
If you've been following college hockey at all, you know this season has been anything but predictable and it seems the Hobey Baker race is going that same direction.
A new leader has emerged as Ryan Walters of Nebraska-Omaha claims the top spot. He's been one of the nation's leading scorers for much of the year, but once again has established himself at the very top. No one is within four points of the UNO junior.
Meanwhile, North Dakota's Corban Knight climbed back up to No. 2. He's been on fire all season, though his point-streak was snapped at 19 games last weekend. Johnny Gaudreau, like his Boston College team, is sliding a bit and he sits at No. 3 this week. Meanwhile, Eric Hartzell, the dazzling goaltender for Quinnipiac, remains in the top four for a second straight week.
Among the guys to watch closely outside the top four, St. Cloud's Drew LeBlanc is up there. The Huskies have had a roller coaster of a year, but they're leading the WCHA in the standings and LeBlanc has been the guy pacing the charge.
|1. Ryan Walters -- Nebraska-Omaha|
|2. Corban Knight -- North Dakota|