The Hobey Hat Trick was announced yesterday, and the Hockey East should be very proud. Colin Wilson and Matt Gilroy of BU both made the official Top 3, two picks I actually got right, and Brad Thiessen of Northeastern also made the list. Players with a gripe can include Jacques Lamoureux and Viktor Stalberg, both of whom helped their teams win at least one postseason game.
All three finalists have been named to an All-American team, and the positional diversity is interesting: a goalie, a defenseman, and a forward. Thiessen takes over the three spot and Gilroy slides up to two. Colin Wilson, who has been #1 on The Watch for weeks now, stays put.
3) Brad Thiessen, Junior G, Northeastern
Thiessen has been an interesting candidate all year long. I’ve never believed his numbers to be Hobey worthy, but the fact of the matter is that he can play. He’s without question one of the best goalies in the country, maybe even the best. His 2.12 GAA and .931 SV% aren’t really close to the “Miller Line” I’ve mentioned in the past, but he got to where he is now based on the fact that he’s the reason Northeastern was able to have such a good season.
He made more saves than any other goalie in the top 25 in GAA nationally, but Northeastern did unexpectedly bow out early in the tournament. I’d be surprised to see the goalie win the award, but I’ve been surprised by a lot this season.
2) Matt Gilroy, Senior D, Boston University
Part of me really wants to bump up Gilroy to the number one spot. The former walk-on who wears his #97 in honor of his brother that passed away seems to be the perfect story for the Hobey Baker award. He’s played in 142 consecutive games and in the leader of the Terriers, who are playing in the Frozen Four. But since I’ve gone for Wilson for so many consecutive weeks, I can’t change my mind now.
1) Colin Wilson, Sophomore F, Boston University
Wilson might the most talented player in the nation. He’s quick, he can score if he needs to, and his playmaking ability is downright incredible. He’s the leading scorer on the number one team in the land, a team that’s closing in on a national title. He makes his linemates better players as well. Currently, he’s third in the nation with 52 points (15-37) and can finish second in the nation with two points in his next game or two. So, for the sixth week in a row, Wilson is, the frontrunner for the award. We’ll find out next Friday if my suspicions have been right.