Hobey Watch

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.

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Hobey Watch

The Hobey Baker Top Ten was announced yesterday- and there is no shortage of surprise. While there are certainly some familiar names, I was shocked by some of the names released last night. We’ll start with the snubs.

Ryan Stoa shocked me the most. I could not believe that the Minnesota forward, who ended up tied for ninth in the country in scoring, was ignored. He had as many points as Louie Caporusso and more than Colgate’s David McIntyre.

Ben Scrivens was left off of a list that contains three goalies. He did slide a bit down the stretch, yet still finished ahead of two of those goalies in GAA and was second nationally in shutouts (to ND’s Jordan Pearce, who was also left off the list).

Garrett Roe was tied for fourth nationally in scoring and led the WCHA- who only had one member named to the Top 10.
Going back to last week’s Hobey Watch, four of the finalists were in my Top 10 and two were listed in the Players to Watch section- not terrible, I’d say.

So without further ado, the following is this year’s list of the Hobey Baker Top 10- with my ranking of the candidates.

10) David McIntyre, Junior F, Colgate

This one came out of no where. McIntyre was nowhere on my radar for the entire year. He had a pretty good campaign- 43 points (21-22) in 37 games. He was third in the ECAC in scoring, yet played for a Colgate team that finished third to last. Like I said, there were a few surprises last night- McIntyre was one of them.

9) Zane Kalemba, Junior G, Princeton

From the school Hobey Baker played for himself comes Zane Kalemba- ECAC Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year and a clear First-Team all conference. He set his school’s record for wins (22), SV% (.936), and GAA (1.69).

8) Jamie McBain, Junior D, Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s assistant captain, who has been a familiar name on the Watch, was named WCHA player of the year for his 36 points in 38 games. He is second in the nation for points by a defenseman and first on his team.

7) Viktor Stalberg, Junior F, Vermont

Stalberg had a very strong year for the Catamounts, who as of now look very good for a slot in the NCAA tournament. He was runner up for Player of the Year in Hockey East and was a first-team All-League selection. He was fourth in the conference in scoring (43) and second in goals (23) to Brock Bradford. He is also a Hockey East All Academic with an impressive 3.6 GPA.

6) Chad Johnson, Senior G, Alaska

Chad Johnson was a blip on my Hobey Baker throughout this year. Alaska’s senior netminder had the nation’s second best GAA (1.67) and best SV% (.939), posting six shutouts along the way. He was the CCHA’s Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year, allowing Alaska to capture fourth place in the conference. What could hurt Johnson is his record, a not so amazing 14-14-5 record.

5) Brad Thiessen, Junior G, Northeastern

The year prior to Thiessen’s arrival at Northeastern, the team won three games. Under Thiessen’s goaltending and Greg Cronin’s coaching, Northeastern has risen to national prominence. Thiessen was first team All-League and Hockey East Player of the Year. He leads the nation in minutes played and has impressive numbers for his GAA (2.07) and SV% (.932).

4) Louie Caporusso, Sophomore F, Michigan

Caporusso led the CCHA and was tied for fifth nationally in goals (23), including 10 PPG, and was third in scoring (46). The sophomore was the offensive catalyst for the Wolverines, who finished second in the league and are currently third nationally.

The Hat Trick

3) Matt Gilroy, Senior D, Boston University

I’ll chalk this one up as “my bad” for never having Gilroy on my radar. The senior captain has been the defensive leader of the Terriers this year. Gilroy was named All-Hockey East three of his four years at BU, and his 30 points (8-22) led all Hockey East defensemen. He also wears his number 97 jersey for his brother, who passed away years ago, and volunteers with his family to run a Long Island basketball league. Remember folks, character counts for the Hobey.

2) Jacques Lamoureux, Junior F, Air Force

Lamoureux leads the nation in goals (31) and is second in points (51). He led Atlantic Hockey in scoring and was named the conference’s Player of the Year. His credentials as a member of a military school will also help Lamoureux in his quest for the Hobey.

1) Colin Wilson, Sophomore F, Boston University

No surprise here- Wilson, number one on the watch for weeks, has had an amazing season for the Terriers, now No. 2 in the country. His 49 points (14-35) were third in the country and his playmaking ability is noticed by all. The seventh pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, Wilson is still the frontrunner for the coveted hardware.

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  1. Leslie Bailey
    April 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    After reading your article regarding the Hobey Candidates, I’m “shocked and rather surprised” that your knowledge on David McIntyre is as poorly researched as it was.It must have been some kind of research, as surely you never watched him play.

    I travel the hockey curcuit in Division 1, and he is among the top three offensive players in Division 1 hockey. My pick for the top three Incidentally were Bozak, Wilson & McIntyre.

    His “Pretty Good” campaign was also led by a +/- stat which is almost unbelievable. He was +19 on a team that was -55.

    Picked by the coaches as “1st team All American”, as well as both “Inside College Hockey” and “College Hockey News” 1st team selections.

    His team broke a national record for overtimes with 19 in a 37 game season, and he figured in 5 of the 6 over-time wins.

    Lastly, McIntyre’s rights were traded from Dallas to Anaheim in December due to the Sean Avery suspension by Dallas. Dallas traded for Brian Sutherby to replace the Avery roster spot, and Anaheim wanted McIntyre in return. The head scout for Anaheim had been following Colgate for some time.
    That trade was followed less than 7 weeks old, when Anaheim made a trade that brought another NHL veteran in Sheldon Brookbank from New Jersey to Anaheim, and New Jersey chose McIntyre in return.

    Imagine being traded twice in one season for two NHL veteran’s, and still in school.

    I have waited for some time to respond, as there was no doubt that McIntyre would be very highly recognized, and other than you being surprised, not many others whom had followed him were.
    Enjoy your summer, and we look forward to following your articles again next year.
    L.B.

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Hobey Watch

So this is it. The last time I’ll have the entire field to choose from. Next week marks the revealing of the Top 10 Hobey Baker candidates for 2009. If I had any pull, it would be the guys I’m about to describe. If you read last week’s column, you won’t note a whole lot of differences here, with the top three exactly the same.

One bone of contention that merits mentioning: the CCHA already named its All-Conference first and second teams, and Jordan Pearce was not named to either. I simply do not understand how the goalie of the No. 2 team in the country with incredibly solid numbers does not make all-conference.

So that’s my rant. Now, for the last time, the top ten:

10) Brad Thiessen, Junior G, Northeastern

In all likelihood, Northeastern’s star netminder will be named a finalist this year. He has gotten quite some notoriety as he’s progressed throughout his junior campaign. My problem: his numbers. I understand numbers aren’t everything, but to many voters they’re important. A goals against average over 2.00 most years automatically nullifies a goalie’s chance to win the award. One can thank Ryan Miller for that.

9) Carter Camper, Sophomore F, Miami

Camper was named All-CCHA first team, receiving more points in votes than anyone in the league. He led the conference in goals and was fourth in scoring for the RedHawks, who are by all accounts tourney bound.

8) Brock Bradford, Senior F, Boston College

Bradford ended the season with eight points in five games, leading the Hockey East in goals and tied for second nationally. His midseason lull of sorts along with BC’s current mediocre standing might hurt Bradford in the end, but he’s had a heck of a senior season (23-17-40).

7) Ben Scrivens, Junior G, Cornell

I still believe that Scrivens would be the goalie to take home the award this year. He has a better GAA (1.72) and save percentage (.937), and even those numbers pale in comparison to Ryan Miller, who had 10 shutouts (to Scrivens’ six) and a .950 SV%- an NCAA record.

6) Ryan Lasch, Junior F, St. Cloud State

Lasch continued his late season surge down to the wire, finishing with 41 points (18-23). He was tied for third in the WCHA in points and goals, and if he’s named to the Top 10 it’ll be his second year in a row.

5) Ryan Stoa, Junior F, Minnesota

Stoa has been consistent all year long. No matter how his Gophers have played- which has varied throughout the year- Stoa has brought his ‘A’ game to the table consistently. His 41 points (21-20) are only 5 behind the player who’s been at No. 1 for a few weeks now.

4) Louie Caporusso, Sophomore F, Michigan

Caporusso finished the year second in the CCHA in scoring and was named First-team All Conference- all with good reason. The sophomore finished the year tied with Bradford for second most goals in the nation and has led the Wolverines to a likely #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

The Hat Trick

3) Jacques Lamoureux, Junior F, Air Force

Lamoureux had a remarkable year- easily leading the nation in goals (28) and finishing tied for second in points (46). He’s a lock for the top 10, and his Air Force credentials will help in the personality department. We’ll see if playing for a team that will need an auto-bid hurts him in the end though.

2) Garrett Roe, Sophomore F, St. Cloud State

For the second week in a row, Roe is at number two with the same number of points as Wilson’s 46 (15-31). Yet he still is leading a less than stellar team while our number one guy leads the No. 1 team in the country.

1) Colin Wilson, Sophomore F, Boston University

Same story different day for the BU phenom. Wilson is second nationally in points (14-32-46) and first in Hockey East. By many accounts, Wilson is the frontrunner for this year’s prize.

Players to Watch

Viktor Stalberg, Junior F, Vermont: 22-18-40
Jordan Pearce, Senior G, Notre Dame: 26-5-3, .929 SV%, 1.72 GAA
Bryan Leitch, Senior F, Quinnipiac: 12-44-56
Steve Cameron, Sophomore F, Mercyhurst: 22-24-46
Jamie McBain, Junior D, Wisconsin: 7-27-34

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Hobey Watch

We are two weeks away from the revealing of the Top 10 candidates for this year’s Hobey Baker award. That leaves me with one column remaining where I can try to figure out who those ten will be. So for the next to last time, there are my top 10 candidates to win this year’s prize.

10) Jamie McBain, Junior D, Wisconsin

McBain has been held scoreless now for four straight games, and the Badgers are slumping (0-3-1) in that stretch. If McBain doesn’t get back on the scoresheet a couple of times this weekend, it is very likely that he will not be a finalist and the list will go without a defenseman.

9) Brock Bradford, Senior F, Boston College

Bradford finds himself back on the Watch after he tied Viktor Stalberg in points last weekend. Bradford had a 3 points (2-1) against Providence, taking him to 36 (21-15) on the year- good enough for fourth in the Hockey East.

8) Carter Camper, Sophomore F, Miami

On a weekend in which Miami scored nine goals, Camper only managed to put up one assist. He finished his regular season tied for the third-most points in the CCHA (19-19-38) and still has a decent chance of being named to the Top 10.

7) Ben Scrivens, Junior G, Cornell

Scrivens is still the goalie of choice on this list, but he has to be careful. Notre Dame’s Jordan Pearce is hot on his trail- the two are tied for most shutouts in the nation (6) and GAA (1.72). For now, Scrivens has the edge in SAV% (.937 to .929) which keeps him here for the time being.

6) Ryan Stoa, Junior F, Minnesota

Stoa picked up two more points this past weekend against Minnesota-Duluth to bring his totals to 18-20-38- good for a tie for fourth most in the WCHA. Stoa has been consistent literally all year long and with his numbers is almost a lock to be named one of ten finalists in two weeks time.

5) Ryan Lasch, Junior F, St. Cloud State

Lasch has continued to put up good numbers down the stretch, and his totals (18-21-39) are tied for third best in the WCHA. It will be interesting to see if voters elect both Lasch and teammate Garrett Roe to the Top 10 when the Huskies only find themselves ranked 18th nationally.

4) Louie Caporusso, Sophomore F, Michigan

Caporusso concluded his regular season with the CCHA points title with 43 (23-20)- one more than teammate Aaron Palushaj. The Wolverine forward currently stands second in goals nationally and tied for the fourth most points in the country.

The Hat Trick

3) Jacques Lamoureux, Junior F, Air Force

Lamoureux and his Falcons only managed a split with RIT last weekend- and the two will share the regular season conference title. If Air Force is able to grab an automatic bid by winning their conference tournament, Lamoureux may solidify his ability in the mind of some voters.

2) Garrett Roe, Sophomore F, St. Cloud State

Roe is actually having an identical year to our number one player- in goals, assists, and points (14-30-44). These numbers lead the WCHA. However, one player is leading his team to the number one ranking in the country and has taken fewer games to amass his points. That player would be…

1) Colin Wilson, Sophomore F, Boston University

Wilson continues to lead the Hockey East, perhaps the nation’s best conference this year, in points with 44 (14-30). He’s tied for fourth nationally, and the fact that he’s the leader of the number one (or two) team in the country will help his cause.

Players to Watch

Viktor Stalberg, Junior F, Vermont: 20-16-36
Jordan Pearce, Senior G, Notre Dame: 26-5-3, .929 SV%, 1.72 GAA
Bryan Leitch, Senior F, Quinnipiac: 11-42-53
Steve Cameron, Sophomore F, Mercyhurst: 22-24-46
Brad Thiessen, Junior G, Northeastern: 22-8-4, .932 SV%, 2.10 GAA

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Hobey Watch

We’re heading towards the end of the college hockey season, and the race for the Hobey Baker has not gotten any easier to predict. Last year, the three top candidates made it pretty easy on the voters to narrow it down to two. This year, it’s a proverbial logjam at the top of the list, and no one is running away with the award. For the time being, heres another list of ten possibilities to win this year’s award.

10) Viktor Stalberg, Junior F, Vermont

Stalberg had a quiet last weekend, tallying one assist in two games. He still leads the Hockey East in goals (20) and is third in points (35).

9) Ryan Stoa, Junior F, Minnesota

Stoa might be a bit higher on this list if his Golden Gophers didn’t sputter out like they did this year. With only one win in their last eight games, Minnesota will be hard pressed to produce this year’s winner, even though Stoa (17-19-36) is having a very impressive season.

8) Jamie McBain, Junior D, Wisconsin

McBain had a quiet week against Denver, but there will definitely be one defenseman voted into the list of top 10 candidates. It is very likely that McBain (7-27-34) will be that player.

7) Ben Scrivens, Junior G, Cornell

Scrivens is in the same position as McBain-likely serving as the goalie to be voted into the top 10-unless Northeastern’s Brad Thiessen joins him or takes his place. Stats matter though, and Scriven’s numbers (.940 SV%, 1.62 GAA, 6 SHO) are all better than Thiessen’s.

6) Ryan Lasch, Junior F, St. Cloud State

Lasch has turned on his motor lately, getting to 4th in the WCHA and tied for eighth nationally in points with 37 (17-20). In all likelihood Lasch is out of the running with teammate Garrett Roe in front of him.

5) Louie Caporusso, Sophomore F, Michigan

Although he’s played in a few more games than most, Caporusso is still second in the country in goals and leads the CCHA (22). If he can have an impressive weekend against mediocre Ferris State, his stock could rise.

4) Carter Camper, Sophomore F, Miami

Camper leads a Miami team that currently sits in second place in the CCHA, behind only No. 1 Notre Dame. He’s fourth in the conference in points (19-18-37) but second in power-play goals, and is tied for fifth nationally in goals.

The Hat Trick

3) Garrett Roe, Sophomore F, St. Cloud State

Roe continues to lead the WCHA in points (14-29-43), and is third nationally both in points and points pergame. Roe’s goal totals need to get a bit higher if he wants to win the award, and it wouldn’t hurt if his Huskies could put together a nice stretch as the season comes to a close.

2) Jacques Lamoureux, Junior F, Air Force

This weekend is huge for Lamoreux and Air Force. With two games against RIT, with whom they share the top spot in Atlantic Hockey, the junior has a chance to prove himself to the country. As it is, he already leads the nation in goals (26) and is second in points (44).

1) Colin Wilson, Sophomore F, Boston University

Wilson remains in the top spot for now, with Lamoureux hot on his trail. Playing for BU, the No. 2 (or No. 1 depending on which poll you look at) team in the country, helps Wilson out a bit in the battle for Hobey. The two are neck and neck in PPG (1.38 to 1.37, Lamoureux with the edge) and Wilson has four games left to up his totals before the postseason.

Players to Watch

Brad Thiessen, Junior G, Northeastern: 20-8-4, .929 SV%, 2.19 GAA
Brock Bradford, Senior F, Boston College: 19-14-33
Aaron Palushaj, Sophomore F, Michigan: 10-30-40
Brian Leitch, Senior F, Quinnipiac: 10-39-49
Jordan Pearce, Senior G, Notre Dame: 24-5-3, .927 SV%, 1.79 GAA

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Hobey Watch

This week’s watch features another new name as we say good-bye a former mainstay in Boston College Eagle Brock Bradford. Only one goalie remains in the top 10 and we again welcome a new name to the number one spot. This week’s Hobey Baker watch looks like this.

10) Viktor Stalberg, Junior F, Vermont

Stalberg had a relatively slow start to the year, but over Vermont’s last 18 games the Swedish native has 24 points. This gives him 34 (20-14) for his junior campaign.

9) Ben Scrivens, Junior G, Cornell

The junior’s numbers have dropped a bit lately. His save percentage is down to .940 and his GAA rose a pretty substantial .20 to 1.62 in just a week. Still, Scrivens is likely the goalie with the best shot of winning the Hobey this year.

8) Aaron Palushaj, Sophomore F, Michigan

While he only has 10 goals on the year, his 30 assists are incredible. Playing with the likes of Louie Caporusso helps Palushaj, who leads the CCHA in total scoring and PPG.

7) Jamie McBain, Junior D, Wisconsin

If there’s one defenseman that’s going to make the top 10, it will undoubtedly be McBain. The Badger’s defensive leader is tied for fifth most points in the CCHA (34) and tied for fourth nationally in assists (27).

6) Louie Caporusso, Sophomore F, Michigan

Caporusso’s 22 goals are still second best in the nation and he is second in the CCHA in points (37) on the season. He and Palushaj are a potent duo for a Wolverines’ team sitting in third place in the conference.

5) Ryan Lasch, Junior F, St. Cloud State

Lasch tallied a goal last weekend to bring his totals to 17-20-37. He’s tied for second in points in the WCHA and tied for fifth in the country.

4) Garrett Roe, Sophomore F, St. Cloud State

Roe is having an absolutely incredible year- scoring more points than our new number one. However Roe has played in four more games than Wilson (32) and if he is to overtake him as the nation’s best playmaker he will need to go on a spree to end the season.

The Hat Trick

3) Carter Camper, Sophomore F, Miami

Carter’s amazingly balanced season continues (18-18-36) for the Red Hawks. The sophomore is third in the CCHA in scoring and leads his Miami team that is still four points back of conference leading Notre Dame with only four games to play.

2) Jacques Lamoureux, Junior F, Air Force

Lamoureux is having a stellar junior season and continues to put up big numbers (25-16-41), leading the Atlantic Hockey conference. However, if he wants to take home the Hobey he’s going to have to make sure he gets Air Force back on top of the league.

1) Colin Wilson, Sophomore F, Boston University

In all likelihood, Wilson wasn’t given enough credit in the Hobey Watch. Lately however he has continued to play incredible hockey. The Terrier sophomore leads the Hockey Easy in points with 40 (13-27) and is second in the nation in points per game (1.43). If Wilson can up his goal total he has a very good chance at bringing home the Hobey this April.

Players to Watch

Brad Thiessen, Junior G, Northeastern: 20-8-2, .929 SV%. 2.25 GAA
Brock Bradford, Senior F, Boston College: 19-13-32
Ryan Stoa, Junior F, Minnesota: 16-18-34
Brian Leitch, Senior F, Quinnipiac: 9-39-48
Jordan Pearce, Senior G, Notre Dame: 22-5-3, .927 SV%, 1.82 GAA

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Hobey Watch

This week’s Hobey Watch took awhile to put together. Again, there are no clear cut favorites to win this year’s award, and it’s been a fairly tame offensive year.

This week, a lot has shaken up in the watch. Ryan Stoa drops out of the rankings and we welcome back an old familiar name all the way to the fourth spot- the second time in two weeks number four will be occupied by a name not appearing in the previous watch. This weeks Hobey Baker Watch looks like this:

10) Louie Caporusso, Sophomore F, Michigan

Caporusso has dropped to second in the nation in goals scored despite having played at least two more games than most of his competitors. His 33 points (22-11) are still incredible numbers, but for the time being consider him an outside looking in on the Hobey.

9) Brad Thiessen, Junior G, Northeastern

This is a big drop for the Northeastern star, and maybe not completely deserved. But then again neither was his number four sport last week. I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but numbers matter for the Hobey Baker award. And while Thissen has faced and stopped more shots than anyone in the country, his GAA (2.16) might be a bit too high to win the award.

8) Brock Bradford, Senior F, Boston College

Bradford hasn’t done much lately, and BC needs a big lift. They’re on the edge of the Pairwise and desperately need to start winning some games. They’ll be relying on their captain (18-12-30) to continue their two game win streak down the stretch.

7) Jamie McBain, Junior D, Wisconsin

McBain (reigning Inside Hockey Player of the Week) continues to lead the Badgers in scoring, which is impressive for any blue liner anywhere. What might hurt him in the end is his more or less ugly plus-minus rating of -9.

6) Colin Wilson, Sophomore F, Boston University

A lot of people are clamoring for BU’s sophomore sensation to win this season’s Hobey. Don’t get me wrong- Wilson is an amazing player and playmaker, but, he needs to really up his goal total if he wants to take home some individual hardware in April.

5) Ben Scrivens, Junior G, Cornell

Scrivens seems to be back on track, and he again leads the country in SV% (.948) and shutouts (6), and is second in GAA (1.42) to a goalie that has only played in 11 games. Scrivens still has the best shot of any goalie to take home the Hobey this year.

4) Ryan Lasch, Junior F, St. Cloud State

Talk about coming out of no where! Lasch was featured in the pre-season Hobey watch and early on, but disappeared soon after. In his past 9 games though, he has put up 16 points, including hat tricks against Minnesota and Alaska Anchorage. His 36 points (16-20) are tied for fifth most in the country.

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3) Jacques Lamoureux, Junior F, Air Force

Numbers wise, Lamoureux is having a simply remarkable year. His 39 points are good for third nationally and he leads the nation in goals scored with 23. His Falcons have failed him though, no longer even leading the meek Atlantic Hockey conference. If he wants to win the award he has to lead that team back to the top and likely into the tournament.

2) Garrett Roe, Sophomore F, St. Cloud State

Roe is second nationally in scoring (13-27-40) and leads the WCHA. His 27 assists are tied with McBain for second most in the country. If Roe can score a few more goals, say between 20-25 by regular season’s end, he’ll be in much better shape to be in the number one spot on this list.

1) Carter Camper, Sophomore F, Miami

How about a little mix-up at the number one spot? Miami is just four points behind Notre Dame in the CCHA and Camper is one of the biggest reasons for that. He’s tied for the scoring lead in the conference (17-18-35) and is having a terrifically balanced campaign, which is what the Hobey is all about. It might hurt that he’s a sophomore, but in an offensively down year Camper has as good a shot as anyone else to take home the award.

Players to Watch

Chad Rau, Senior F, Colorado College: 13-17-30
Aaron Palushaj, Sophomore F, Michigan: 9-26-35
Brian Leitch, Senior F, Quinnipiac: 9-35-44
Ryan Stoa, Junior F, Minnesota: 16-16-32
Jordan Pearce, Senior G, Notre Dame: 20-5-3, .933 SV%, 1.70 GAA

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Hobey Watch

While I nearly guaranteed a new number one this week, the top two have remained the same in this week’s Watch. Nothing else though looks like it did last week, and we introduce a newcomer all the way to number 4. Bon appétit.

10) Jamie McBain, Junior D, Wisconsin

McBain still continues to put up very impressive numbers for a defensemen (5-25-30) and is tied for 4th most points in the WCHA.

9) Ben Scrivens, Junior G, Cornell

Scrivens had another mediocre week, going 0-1-1 with a shutout and a 4 goal embarrassment that got him yanked. The goalie that surpassed him had a much better week and plays in a major conference, both reasons he passed the Big Red netminder.

8) Louie Caporusso, Sophomore F, Michigan

Caporusso leads the CCHA in goals scored and is tied with Jacques Lamoureux for the national lead. He probably deserves more credit than he gets, and if he can up his assist totals he may garner that credibility.

7) Colin Wilson, Sophomore F, Boston University

Wilson had two assists since the last Friday in two games, one during BU’s 4-3 win over Harvard in Monday’s Beanpot. He leads the Hockey East in both points and assists, which is impressive coming from a sophomore playing for a team full of players that can score.

6) Ryan Stoa, Junior F, Minnesota

Stoa is tied with McBain for 4th most points in the conference with 30 (15-15), but his conference leading 15 goals bump him ahead of the Badger.

5) Brock Bradford, Senior F, Boston College

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Bradford, who was a favorite up until BC’s winter recess, has stalled of late. His 29 points (17-12) are still good for second in the Hockey East, but he has a lot of work to do to get himself back toward the top of the list.

4) Brad Thiessen, Junior G, Northeastern

As I sat broadcasting the BC-NU first round Beanpot game Monday evening, I was completely amazed by Thiessen’s ability to make anything look easy. BC outshot Northeastern 46-27 and still managed to lose 6-1. Yes, John Muse and the BC defense played terribly. However, two goals would have been enough for the Huskies the way Thiessen (.937 SV%, 2.10 GAA) played in net.

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3) Carter Camper, Sophomore F, Miami

Some may believe this is too high to have Miami’s sophomore forward. But he leads the CCHA in scoring with 35 points (17-18) and in PPG. While I’ve said in the past that his sophomore status may hurt him, it’s interesting to note that the top 6 scorers in the CCHA are all in fact second year players.

2) Jacques Lamoureux, Junior F, Air Force

Lamoureux remains in the two spot this week. He’s tied with Caporusso (who’s played in two more games) for the national lead in goals (20) and is third in the nation in points with 36.

1) Garrett Roe, Sophomore F, St. Cloud State

Surprisingly enough, I’m keeping Roe here for the time being. He’s still second in the nation in points with 37 (13-24) and leading the WCHA.

Players to Watch

Chad Rau, Senior F, Colorado College: 11-17-28
Aaron Palushaj, Sophomore F, Michigan: 9-24-33
Ryan Lasch, Junior F, St. Cloud State: 13-20-33
Christian Hanson, Senior F, Notre Dame: 14-12-26
Jordan Pearce, Senior G, Notre Dame: 19-4-3, .937 SV%, 1.59 GAA

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Hobey Watch

Another week, another watch. This week features a new leader after a not so impressive past couple weeks from the former top-spot holder. Minus a few shifts, the personnel is exactly the same as last week’s. This weeks Hobey Baker Watch looks like this:

10) Jordan Pearce, Senior G, Notre Dame

Pearce is having a great year is a big part of the Irish success this year. His numbers (18-3-3, .936 SV%, 1.56 GAA) are very good, but don’t really compare to the other goalie’s on this list.

9) Jamie McBain, Junior D, Wisconsin

McBain probably deserves to be higher on this list, considering he has 28 points (5-23) as a defenseman. However it’s just as tough for defensemen to win the award as it is for goalies.

8) Louie Caporusso, Sophomore F, Michigan

Caporusso is tied for the nation’s lead in goals with 18, and he also has 28 points which is tied for fifth most in the country. He’ll likely have to boost his assist numbers to have a shot at the award, which will already be hard enough with his sophomore status.

7) Carter Camper, Sophomore F, Miami

Camper’s 30 points (14-16) are keeping Miami in the hunt for the CCHA title. They have a lot of work to do but if Camper stays hot, there’s still hope.

6) Chad Rau, Senior F, Colorado College

A bit more was expected of Rau and his Tigers coming into this season. He’s had a great senior season (11-17-28) thus far, but CC finds itself tied for fourth in the WCHA after cooling off over the past couple months.

5) Garrett Roe, Sophomore F, St. Cloud State

Roe is tied for the WCHA lead in points with 31 (11-20). He’s having a great year, but unless he starts scoring more goals he’ll be hard pressed to win the award, especially as a sophomore.

4) Ryan Stoa, Junior F, Minnesota

Stoa is still plugging along having a very good junior campaign. His 30 points (15-15) are tied for fourth most in the country and he’s tied for second nationally in goals.

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3) Ben Scrivens, Junior G, Cornell

As I’ve written before, it’s extremely difficult for a goaltender to win the Hobey. But Scrivens is having a standout year in a year where there aren’t a lot of prime offensive candidates. His record of 13-1-3 has Cornell ranked #2 in the county and his numbers (.956 SV%, 1.17 GAA) are the best in the country.

2) Brock Bradford, Senior F, Boston College

Bradford has slowed considerably since his impressive start. If history tells us anything though, the Eagles will heat up right around the Beanpot, and if they do Bradford could easily make a push back to number one.

1) Jacques Lamoureux, Junior F, Air Force

For the time being, Lamoureux takes over the number one spot. He is second in the nation in points with 32 (18-14), tied for first in goals, and first in power play goals. While players from small-conference schools find it difficult to win the award, the down year in terms of offense could help Lamoureux seal the nod this season.

Players to Watch

Brad Thiessen, Junior G, Northeastern: 15-5-2, .940 SV%, 1.89 GAA
Aaron Palushaj, Sophomore F, Michigan: 8-19-27
James van Riemsdyk, Sophomore F, New Hampshire: 9-17-26
Christian Hanson, Senior F, Notre Dame: 14-12-26
Chad Johnson, Senior G, Alaska: 8-8-5, .945 SV%, 1.50 GAA

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