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.
Getting to the later stage of the season, Hobey contenders are starting to separate themselves from the pack a little bit more. This is also the point of the season where players start hitting major benchmarks where they start getting more and more attention.
Ryan Walters has distinguished himself as the nation's first player to reach the 40-point plateau. The UNO junior continues to surprise throughout the season with his unprecedented production.
Meanwhile, Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau, who missed time while at the World Junior Championship, leads the nation in points-per-game with 1.5. Drew LeBlanc of St. Cloud State became the nation's first player to reach 30 assists, and Greg Carey of St. Lawrence makes his return this week as he has taken over the national goal-scoring lead with 18.
This is also the part of the season in which every game's importance is heightened as teams jockey for position in the conference standings for the playoffs and the all-important Pairwise rankings. Things should get heated, especially in the Hobey Baker race.
|1. Ryan Walters -- Nebraska-Omaha|
|2. Johnny Gaudreau -- Boston College|
Others to Watch:
Corban Knight -- F -- Sr. -- North Dakota
Danny Kristo -- F -- Sr. -- North Dakota
Erik Haula -- F -- Jr. -- Minnesota
Steven Whitney -- F -- Sr. -- Boston College
Eric Hartzell -- G – Sr. -- Quinnipiac