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Boston College, Big Ten lead list of 10 finalists for 2014 Hobey Baker Award

Two Boston College standouts and three players from the Big Ten are among the 10 finalists named Thursday for the 2014 Hobey Baker Award.

National scoring leader and returning Hobey Hat Trick finalist Johnny Gaudreau, a Boston College junior, headlines the list, which also includes his teammate, senior Kevin Hayes.

The Big Ten has more finalists than any other conference: Ohio State forward Ryan Dzingel, Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel and Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox.

ECAC Hockey (St. Lawrence forward Greg Carey, Union defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere) and the NCHC (Nebraska-Omaha forward Josh Archibald, St. Cloud State forward Nic Dowd) each had two finalists, while the WCHA (Ferris State goaltender CJ Motte) had one.

A selection committee votes on the award after the NCAA regionals, and the winner will be announced on Friday, April 11 at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

Here’s more information on the finalists, six of whom are forwards:

Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha junior forward

Second in the nation with 29 goals in 37 games, he was the NCHC scoring champion with 32 points in 24 conference games.

Greg Carey, St. Lawrence senior forward

He was a Hobey finalist last year as the nation’s leading goal scorer, but this year he’s the leader in assists with 39.

Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State senior forward

A first-team all-NCHC selection, he tied for the scoring lead on the NCHC’s regular season championship team with 39 points.

Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State junior forward

The Big Ten’s leading scorer with 12 goals and 24 points in 20 league games, has 12 multiple-point games in 34 played.

Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College junior forward

He’s leads the nation with 32 goals and 69 points in 37 games and tied Maine’s Paul Kariya with a 31-game point-scoring streak.

Shayne Gostisbehere, Union junior defenseman

One of the anchors of the Dutchmen’s NCAA-bound team, he is plus-22 in 36 games. Union is 14-3-2 when he has a point.

Kevin Hayes, Boston College senior forward

He’s third in the nation in points with 56 in 37 games, and his 24 goals ranks sixth in the country. He had 17 goals in his first three years combined.

CJ Motte, Ferris State junior goaltender

He leads the nation with 26 wins for the WCHA champions, and he’s in the top 10 nationally for save percentage, minutes played and shutouts.

Joel Rumpel, Wisconsin junior goaltender

The second-team all-Big Ten pick’s 2.00 GAA and .931 save percentage are both sixth nationally.

Adam Wilcox, Minnesota sophomore goaltender

The Big Ten’s player and goaltender of the year is tied for second in the country with a .934 save percentage and is third with a 1.91 GAA.

USCHO’s Hobey Watch writer Elliot Olshansky had four players on his list that weren’t included among the Hobey finalists: Massachusetts-Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck, Alaska forward Cody Kunyk, Denver goalie Sam Brittain and Miami forward Austin Czarnik.

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    So, UNO had TWO Hobey Baker finalists playing on their team this season, one from this season, and, one from last season, and they still can’t find a way to break into the post-season? Has this ever even happened before? I’ve got to think that there has to be something wrong with the way your team is assembled for this to even be possible. Dean Blais left whatever he had left to give in North Dakota, methinks.

    • William Blake

      Matt Carle won the Hobey on a Denver team that missed the NCAAs, so it’s not completely crazy (but then, I think that was the year that Brian Elliott should have won it, so there’s that).

  • GoldyTheGreat

    2013/14 Hobey Baker Winner: Adam Wilcox
    He’s the best player on the best team in the Country.. Period.

    • EaglesFan

      Gaudreau put up some of the best numbers by a forward in the past decade, on the #2 team in the country. But you’re right, Wilcox should absolutely win the Hobey.

      • Chrisgal

        Not even worth responding to these wingnuts. Wilcox not even best goalie in the country…

        • Webster Krough

          He is the best goalie in the country, but Johnny is probably the best player.

          • the decider

            Johnny hockey is, hands down, the best 2 way player we’ve seen since Kariya. What’s most interesting is that he might be better. He’s more dynamic. Sure, he plays on a stacked line and a stacked team, but he’s scary in every sense of the word. If a goolie from Minny wins the Hobey, the world will hear a collective yawn, and the Hobey will mean nothing heretofore.

            And oh btw, there are 2 HEA goalies absent from this list who lead Wilcox in categories. “best in the country”? doubt it

          • Webster Krough

            Nearly identical stats, with a better winning% playing against the #1 SOS in the country. Context matters outside your East coast cocoon.

      • the decider

        32 goals, 69 points, +34…

    • the decider

      awful early to proclaim “best team in the country”, but Minny is as Minny does.

      • http://batman-news.com I Bleed Maroon And Gold

        Minnesota is ranked #1 in the pwr and polls right now, so I don’t think it’s ridiculous to call them the best team in the country. But haters are as haters do. That said, Gaudreau is the clear front runner and something extreme would have to happen for him not to win.

        • the decider

          not for nothing, but haven’t they been in this position before? Like, say, last season? just sayin’

          • Snark_Week

            Yes, Except this year Gaudreau is seeing if 69 points in 37 games is more favorable to voters than 51 points in 35. They are very fickle these voters and the ones in the West keep us on our toes by making it up as they go along

  • Shorthanded617

    No hellebuyck? I can’t even come up w any rationale how he is not a finalist ?

    • http://batman-news.com I Bleed Maroon And Gold

      My guess is he didn’t play enough games in voters’ eyes. The other goalies on the list were absolute workhorses when healthy (Rumpel)…

      • Shorthanded617

        Must be the issue although he had better stats and played only one less game and a total of 20 min less than rumple and carried Lowell through several games when key players injured for a stretch – figured a finalist at least ….

    • the decider

      Didn’t get enough playing time. He missed several weeks due to injury, and splitting the pipes with Dougie takes him out of contention. One of the best one two punches to offer.

      • Snark_Week

        Lowell just needs to submit ” Doug Hellebuyck” As a candidate to see if anyone notices

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