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.
This week's college hockey slate is a little lighter than normal coming out of Thanksgiving, but most of the top Hobey candidates remain in action.
The season has continued to provide some incredible individual performances, with many players outpacing career averages, to create one of the deeper Hobey fields in recent memory.
St. Lawrence's Kyle Flanagan now has company in the national scoring lead as Bentley's Brett Gensler has tied him. Both have 19 points this season, but Gensler has done it in one less game. Both will still have to battle the stigma of playing in weaker conferences, which is one of the reasons that Johnny Gaudreau takes over the top spot with Flanagan and Gensler falling in line behind the BC sophomore. Meanwhile, Denver junior Nick Shore holds steady at No. 4.
There are plenty of other players inserting themselves into the discussion, however. Over the last two weeks, New Hampshire goaltender Casey DeSmith has made a strong case for consideration. The sophomore completed three straight shutouts last weekend and had his shutout streak last 204:40, a school record. He has helped make the Wildcats one of the top teams in the country. If he keeps this up, the Hobey chatter will continue. Also getting added to the Others to Watch list is North Dakota's Danny Kristo. The senior forward has been on a tear with 12 points in eight games. He could get himself in the top four with another big weekend against Notre Dame.
|1. Johnny Gaudreau -- Boston College|
|2. Kyle Flanagan -- St. Lawrence|
|3. Brett Gensler -- Bentley|
|4. Nick Shore -- Denver|
Others to watch:
Greg Carey -- F -- Jr. -- St. Lawrence
Casey DeSmith -- G -- So. -- New Hampshire
Danny Kristo -- F -- Sr. -- North Dakota
Joey LaLeggia -- D -- So. -- Denver
Nic Dowd -- F - Jr. -- St. Cloud State