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.
I've got to start this week's Hobey Watch with a quick shout out to Starman, who is one of the many people directly affected by superstorm Sandy. Make sure to send him some warm thoughts on Twitter, and don't forget to tune in to watch him as hockey coverage begins next Thursday on CBS Sports Network.
It's still early in the season, but don't tell that to our Hobey candidates. The way these guys are playing, it might as well be March.
The casual observer tends to underestimate just how hard it is to produce at a high rate in college hockey. The physical strength and smarts among the players, particularly the defensive awareness, is advanced in college hockey. That commitment to defense doesn't always allow the skill players to shine, but that doesn't seem to be an issue in 2012-13 with 15 players already achieving double-digit point totals just five weeks into the season.
Once again, it's Kyle Flanagan leading the way on the Hobey Watch. The nation's leading scorer has familiar company this week as St. Lawrence teammate Greg Carey makes the top four for the first time this season. The pair have been ripping through opponents, and they don't even play on the same line typically, so they're not reliant on each other to produce.
Johnny Gaudreau sticks in the No. 2 spot, as he continues to score big goals for Boston College. Denver's Nick Shore stays in the top four with a two-point weekend. Nick Bjugstad, our preseason No. 1, is off the list for the first time this season. But expect him to be a guy who remains in the hunt. Also, keep a close eye on another of our preseason picks as Bentley's Brett Gensler continues producing points at a huge rate.
|1. Kyle Flanagan – St. Lawrence|
|2. Johnny Gaudreau – Boston College|
|3. Greg Carey – St. Lawrence|
|4. Nick Shore -- Denver|
Others to watch:
Brett Gensler -- F -- Jr. -- Bentley
Nick Bjugstad -- F -- Jr. -- Minnesota
A.J. Treais -- F -- Sr. -- Michigan
Nic Dowd -- F -- Jr. -- St. Cloud State
Austin Czarnik -- F -- So. -- Miami