Hobey Baker Watch: Week 10

Story posted January 17, 2018 in Sports, CommRadio by Mason Gallina

The Hobey Baker Award Memorial Foundation named 74 nominees to its Hobey Baker Award watch list for the 2017-18 season on Tuesday. Here are the top three players included in the running for college hockey’s most prestigious award:

Tanner Laczynski, F, Ohio State
The sophomore forward already has more points this season in 24 games than he had all of last season in 34 games. The Philadelphia Flyers’ draft-pick from 2016 was held off the scoresheet in the season’s first four games but responded by recording 34 points in his next 20 games for the Buckeyes. Laczynski is second in the nation in scoring with 11-23-34 through 24 games and shows no signs of slowing down.

Henrik Borgstrom, F, Denver
The Florida Panthers’ first-rounder from 2016 sits sixth in national scoring with 15-15-30 through 21 games this season. Borgstrom entered the 2017-18 season as a Hobey Baker favorite after recording 22 goals and 21 assists in 37 games in his first season with the Pioneers, which was good enough for third in the country amongst freshman scorers. Borgstrom has only been held without a point in four contests this season and looks to continue his consistent play as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament approaches.

Adam Gaudette, F, Northeastern
Gaudette leads the nation in points with 17-18-35 in 22 games this season. The Vancouver Canucks picked the junior center in the fifth round of the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Gaudette is tied for first in the country with eight power-play goals and is second in the country with four game-winning goals. The Huskies are going to need Gaudette to remain their best player if they hope to return to 2016 form when they won the Hockey East Tournament.

Honorable mentions:
Andrew Sturtz, F, Penn State
Cooper Marody, F, Michigan
Ryan Donato, F, Harvard

 

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