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.
As the end of the first semester nears at many schools, the hockey only intensifies as does the race for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. There's still a long way to go, but the first nine weeks of the season have been head-spinning to say the least.
The blistering scoring pace that has been set so far this year has created an awfully crowded Hobey field that seems to get fuller by the week. Seven players have 20 points or more, while 30-plus have at least 15 points. The skill level may be at an all-time high this year, laying waste to the typically strong defense and goaltending in the college game.
The nation's leading scorer is No. 2 on our Hobey Watch as Kyle Flanagan has taken a few steps ahead of the pack. Meanwhile, Kevin Goumas makes his Hobey watch debut as he has keyed the UNH Wildcats to a No. 1 ranking and sits second in the national scoring hunt.
Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau is still No. 1, but Flanagan and Goumas are bearing down on the sophomore. Also, Brett Gensler, Bentley's scoring sensation, has maintained his incredible production rate, but as the field gets more crowded, his chances dwindle. He sticks at No. 4, but there's a host of players from bigger conferences who are looking to push the Atlantic Hockey star out of the conversation.
Of the others to watch, Nebraska Omaha's Ryan Walters is in the midst of a seven-game streak during which he's put up two or more points per game. The junior now has 20 points on the year and has the Mavericks making some noise in the WCHA. Additionally, keep a close watch on Niagara's Giancarlo Iuorio. He didn't make our list this week, but the senior is the nation's leader in goals scored with 12.
|1. Johnny Gaudreau -- Boston College|
|2. Kyle Flanagan -- St. Lawrence|
|3. Kevin Goumas -- New Hampshire|
|4. Brett Gensler -- Bentley|
Others to watch:
Danny Kristo -- F -- Sr. -- North Dakota
Nick Shore -- F -- Jr. -- Denver
Greg Carey -- F -- Jr. -- St. Lawrence
Ryan Walters -- F -- Jr. -- Nebraska-Omaha
Austin Czarnik -- F -- So. -- Miami