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.
With all of college hockey now into conference tournaments, these are the weeks a player's Hobey Baker candidacy will be solidified. The field is still wide open with somewhere between 10-15 legitimate candidates for college hockey's top individual award.
It really could come down to how big of an impact a player has at this highly important time of the season. If a candidate is unable to finish strong, he's simply going to get passed up. That's what makes this weekend so incredibly intriguing. There's so much on the line for everyone.
Of our top candidates, Ryan Walters remains No. 1 as he's achieved 50 points this season. Greg Carey is the nation's leading scorer with 51, and he's looking like the strongest candidate from the ECAC to get a crack at the Hobey. Meanwhile, Johnny Gaudreau's seven-point weekend vaulted him right back into the thick of the race. Getting the nod this week in our No. 4 spot is a fresh face to the top four. Minnesota's Erik Haula had a strong finish to the regular season in helping the Gophers claim a share of the WCHA regular-season championship with a three-point night against Bemidji State.
Continue watching North Dakota's dynamic duo of Corban Knight and Danny Kristo, who both should figure prominently in UND's run through the postseason. Also worthy of a closer look is Kyle Flanagan, senior captain at St. Lawrence. After missing time after an appendectomy, Flanagan returned with a five-point weekend in SLU's sweep of Colgate in the ECAC playoffs. St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc and Boston College's Steven Whitney are both still right in it as well.
|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
Nick Bjugstad – F – Jr. – Minnesota
Drew LeBlanc – F – Sr. – St. Cloud State
Steven Whitney – F – Sr. – Boston College
Eric Hartzell – G – Sr. -- Quinnipiac