Now that we’re a month into the season, it’s time to shift our attention from what guys did last year to what they’re doing right now. No more keeping guys on the list despite slow starts and trying to balance them with the fast starters. Will some of them come back as the year goes on? Probably. But for now, let’s stick to guys who are hot.
As a result of this change in mindset, this week’s list is much different than last week’s.
Here it is.
10. Jake Gardiner, Junior D, Wisconsin — Gardiner had three assists this weekend in the No. 15 Badgers’ sweep of previously undefeated Michigan Tech. He now has eight points (2g, 6a) on the season, tying him for third nationally among defensemen. Additionally, he leads all d-men with a +10 rating. That mark is also tops among all players not on Miami.
9. Scott Greenham, Junior G, Alaska — Greenham (5-2-1) saved 34 of the 36 shots he faced this weekend in the No. 14/15 Nanooks’ sweep of Bowling Green. Among goalies who have made at least five starts, he ranks second in goals-against average (1.73) and 10th in save percentage (.928). Greenham also leads the country in minutes played (484:31).
8. Mike Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly’s line, which also includes Jack Connolly (no relation) and Justin Fontaine, should probably just be one three-headed entry because it’s virtually impossible to pick one out of the group, but M. Connolly gets the representation nod this week. He had a goal and an assist in the No. 2 Bulldogs’ win and tie at Bemidji State and now has 13 points (6g, 7a) on the season, good for a fourth-place tie nationally.
7. Keith Kinkaid, Sophomore G, Union — Kinkaid (5-1-1) wasn’t spectacular this weekend — he saved 25 of 28 shots in a tie against No. 18 Rensselaer — but he still ranks first in GAA (1.68) among goalies who have made at least five starts. He’s also tied for fifth in save percentage (.934) and is eighth in minutes (393:53). The No. 14/15 Dutchmen travel to Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend.
6. David Warsofsky, Junior D, Boston University — Warsofsky had four assists in the No. 3 Terriers’ weekend sweep of Mass-Lowell and is now tied for first among all defenseman with nine points (2g, 7a) on the season. He also ranks second among d-men in points per game (1.29) and is a +6 on the season. Warsofsky and the rest of the BU defense will have their hands full this weekend when they host No. 7 Maine.
5. Adam Presizniuk, Senior F, Union — Yes, this makes it two Dutchmen in the top 10. That shouldn’t be too surprising considering they rank second nationally in offense and seventh in defense. Presizniuk had a goal and an assist in Union’s tie against rival Rensselaer and now ranks third in the country with 15 points on five goals and 10 assists. Those 10 helpers tie him for third overall.
4. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Miele had a goal and four assists this weekend in the No. 1 RedHawks’ win and tie/shootout win against Lake Superior. He is now second nationally in points (17), fifth in points per game (2.13), tied for first in assists (13) and tied for second in plus/minus (+11).
The Hat Trick
3. Broc Little, Senior F, Yale — Little certainly made the most of his first weekend of games. He had three goals and three assists in the No. 5/6 Bulldogs’ two wins over Brown and Dartmouth. Also worth noting here is that his linemate Denny Kearney had four goals and four assists on the weekend and could be joining Little on here in the very near future if he even keeps up half that pace.
2. Gustav Nyquist, Junior F, Maine — Nyquist assisted on all three goals in the Black Bears’ 3-2 overtime win at Vermont on Saturday. He’s now tied for seventh in points (12), tied for third in assists (10) and is 10th in points per game (1.71). However, Nyquist will have to start scoring more goals if he wants to stay this high. No other forward in the top 10 has fewer than four, and he only has two.
1. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — OK, this is starting to get a little ridiculous. Camper had two more goals and three more assists this weekend. He ranks first in each of the following categories: goals (9), assists (tie, 13), points (22), points per game (for players with more than two games, 2.75) and plus/minus (+13). He has notched at least a point in all eight games, has registered multiple points in seven of those games and has yet to record fewer than four points in a weekend.
On the bubble: Spencer Abbott (Junior F, Maine), Jay Barriball (Senior F, Minnesota), Justin Fontaine (Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Zach Redmond (Senior D, Ferris State), Allen York (Junior G, Rensselaer)