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.
After a few weeks off for the holidays, the calendar has turned to 2013 and the Hobey Baker Award Watch is back on Eye on Hockey.
There weren't a lot of college games while we were away, but there have been enough changes to the increasingly more difficult to predict Hobey race to lead to some movement on our leaderboard.
Boston College sophomore Johnny Gaudreau remains our No. 1, but after taking over the national scoring lead, Nebraska-Omaha's Ryan Walters is creeping ever closer.
There's a pair of new faces in this week's Hobey Watch as well, with North Dakota's red-hot Corban Knight getting the nod at No. 3 and Niagara University goaltender Carsen Chubak, perhaps the biggest surprise of the entire college hockey season so far, coming in at No. 4.
This group will have to beware of the previous candidates we've highlighted this year like Bentley's Brett Gensler, UNH's Kevin Goumas and St. Lawrence's Kyle Flanagan and Greg Carey. All are still very much alive in this race.
Also coming on of late: St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc, who is tied with Walters for the national point lead with 28. Erik Haula is also likely to jump into this race as he's been leading the way offensively for new national No. 1 Minnesota. Also, don't be surprised if Haula's highly-touted teammate Nick Bjugstad jumps back into this mix.
|1. Johnny Gaudreau – Boston College|
|2. Ryan Walters – Nebraska Omaha|
|3. Corban Knight – North Dakota|
|4. Carsen Chubak -- Niagara|
Others to watch:
Brett Gensler – F – Jr. – Bentley
Kevin Goumas – F – Jr. – New Hampshire
Kyle Flanagan – F – Sr. – St. Lawrence
Drew LeBlanc – F – Jr. – St. Cloud State
Erik Haula – F - -Jr. -- Minnesota