Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Hobey Baker Top 3 Announced

Hobey Baker Top 3:
--Michigan forward Kevin Porter: Nation's leading scorer with 33 goals and 29 assists.
--Boston College forward Nathan Gerbe: 2nd nationally in scoring with 30 goals and 30 assists.
--Miami (Ohio) forward Ryan Jones: 31 goals rank first nationally, also has 18 assists

I'm not as shocked as I was when Colorado College goaltender Richard Bachman and center Chad Rau (and for that matter, defenseman Jack Hillen) were left off of the Hobey Baker Award top 10 list. But to not have North Dakota goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux in the top three is simply absurd.

I think Michigan's Kevin Porter is the runaway winner and Boston College's Nathan Gerbe has been impressive, especially in the second half. Both Porter and Gerbe's numbers are gaudy enough to merit top-3 mention. While Miami's Ryan Jones is a fantastic player and his goals rank second nationally, I think Lamoureux has put together a resume worthy of top-3 consideration, especially in such a low-scoring year in college hockey and with his team's success in reaching the Frozen Four (again).

UPDATE: And after the nice things Lamoureux said about Bachman to Inside College Hockey, I would imagine some of you CC fans would agree with me (just kidding...but nice things, nonetheless).

This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 11, 2008 from Pepsi Center during the Frozen Four. The announcement will be aired live on ESPNU at 5:30 pm MT.

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