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USCHO.com Hobey Watch 2011 Podcast, Episode 10: The Finalists

Hobey WatchUSCHO.com’s Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger take a look at each of the ten Hobey Baker Award finalists in this week’s Hobey Watch podcast.

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  • Everyone hates the Gophers

    Stop the madness! There is only one person who is even in this race…Miele.Schmell….or anyone else for that matter….are all in second place!! Frattin is a complete hockey player…not JUST a goal scorer. He is a larger version of Oshie and with a better shot. Even Barry Melrose (who is God in hockey) says Frattin is the best player in college hockey. All you jokers can stop posting now, it’s Frattin and then a bunch of runner-ups…..lol. Man, just think of it…Hobey and a national championship in the same year…whoa baby……lmao…:)

  • Get real

    if it was determined by the most points Gustav Nyquist from Maine would have won it last year. Character comes into play and getting arrested certainly does not improve the odds.

  • Littlered007

    I think the hobey over the last 10 years has become a joke!!! It should never be judged on goals….. Reason being,”its a hell of alot harder to scrore a goal in the WCHA”. If you don’t think this your a tard!!!! Frattin has a great story in his young life. And will no doubt be a pretty good NHL player. No matter if he wins or not you have the give the guy alot of credit for finding out what is important in his life.He worked hard to get back what he messed up. He was a kid that was drunk and threw a couch in the street at 3 in the morning and got caught. Most of us in life have done much worse and not got caught!!!! As far as Miele, I think he will win the hobey.. I do not agree with him winning! He is a taleted player with one weekeness..If he gets rocked, he get off his game. With this said, Miele will win the hobey then play for a NHL farm team and be done with hockey in 5 years.. Frattin will be in a starting NHL lineup for 10 to 15 years… So who is really winning here.. LMAO!!!!!

  • Blonerman

    No one else in the field comes close to his skills, and you know it.

  • Tystreit23

    Frattin will win the Hobey Baker award, especially with his play in the WCHA championship and the double OT goal to win it for North Dakota

  • Jbetcher

    It’s one of the greatest stories ever of a player screwing up, straightening out and being given another chance.

  • Larry Dingleman

    frattin is the man. shows he can party at the top off the ice. and absolutley dominate on the ice. FER DA BOYS

  • Frattin will win the Hobey

    karl Largen…that is seriously the worst comment i’ve ever seen. Come up with something better than that…….How can you disagree? He plays in the toughest conference in the country…and leads the Nation in goals. He throws is weight around like he doesn’t even care if he kills himself…i’ve seen him rock people….who would be close in this race??

  • holttd

    except that Miele had 3 goals and 3 assists this past weekend and Frattin only had 2 goals and 1 assist.

  • Jbetcher

    That’s the problem with the Hoby. The obvious choice dosn’t always get the award. It’s losing it’s meaning as far as I’m concerned.

  • sparty2007

    have you seen miele play at all this year? i’ve seen both and miele is much more skilled than frattin. if you dont believe me, this might help you:


  • Packers_fan28

    clearly you haven’t seen miele play at all this year. if you are talking about pure skill then no one comes close to miele. the guy is a better version of nathan gerbe. oh yeah, and he hasnt been arrested. better player on the ice and off it.

  • holttd

    the obvious choice is the guy with 14 more points in 3 fewer games.

  • Suture1

    I watched the video. What I saw was some very bad defensemen on some very weak teams. Miele is talented, no doubt about it. But, I am telling you, he is not the player Frattin is. Miele might have slightly better stick handling skills but as an OVERALL hockey player there is simply nobody in Frattin’s league. I think you would have to see him play through the year to get a true idea of how awesome of player he really is. Miele might make a nice video but when it comes to winning hockey games for your team there is nobody in Frattin’s class. Barry Melrose knows hockey fairly well I think most of us would agree and he sees Frattin as the best hockey player in the college ranks. I am serious, there is nobody that can play with Frattin game in and game out through a season. I won’t get into whose conference is better and al that jack….but I think the WCHA doesn’t take a backseat to any conference. Frattin has tore up the WCHA this year and that is making quite a statement.

  • Anonymous

    Miele has a great view of the game and great stick handling skills… difference being that UND has depth and doesn’t place all our goal scorers on 1 line… Frattin can hit like no other, play the defensive side of the puck, and score goals against teams that don’t look like a bunch of cones standing around on the ice. No doubt both him and Frattin will be in the Hat Trick… but Frattin could have taken the easy road out…. but didn’t and has come back as THE best college hockey player in the league on the #1 ranked team and in the best college hockey conference.

  • Rvanwey

    Not the obvious choice…. Its just just how many points scored, it’s when and how those points were scored. Its about two way play, its about the players ability to adapt and make plays happen. It’s about being the best player on the ice no matter when… Who has come up bigger for their team???

  • Frattin will win the Hobey

    Ya…Against Crappier Competition……

  • Frattin will win the Hobey

    Miele is great player…no doubt about it. He’s no Frattin. Take Miele out of the CCHA and put him in the WCHA…..he wouldn’t come close to Frattin. WCHA is a Physical League…this guy would get his T*!* Lit Up! See You at the Frozen Four.

  • Prue

    It’s not just referees. Ever since Miami kind of put the nail in the coffin of the CCHA, reporters, announcers, officials and others seem to have new bias against the hawks.  If you think I’m paranoid, explain this weeks poll

    19th ranked Miami beats 4th ranked Ohio State….Ohio State doesn’t move and Miami gets dropped off the poll and is moved down to the middle of the “others getting votes” list.  This means Miami needs to beat a 4th ranked team twice just to maintain around 19th place???  Since Ohio State is the highest ranked CCHA team, how can the Hawks ever advance in the USCHO poll?

    Thank heavens for the computer generated Pairwise.

  • IHF

    You are paranoid, and whatever it is it certainly ISN’T the referees.  No one I know of is blaming MU for the demise of the CCHA.  Once MSU and UM were gone and Notre Dame was reluctant to publicly state their 1st desire was to remain in the CCHA, Miami saw the writing on the wall.  Like half of college hockey (my team most assuredly doing the same) they were looking out for their “best interests.”  Some blame Penn State, and plenty blame DU and North Dakota. Some even blame the Irish.  Maybe people aren’t putting MU in the ridiculously large USCHO poll because no one knows yet what they are this year.  The team we saw in the first few weeks who couldn’t get out of their own way, the team we saw in November that looked like their recent NCAA and FF teams, or the one we’ve seen the last two weeks that is 1-3?  Miami is a .500 team.  No .500 team deserves to be ranked in any poll, meaningless or otherwise, after half a season has been played.   

  • Paula Weston

    That same computer-generated PairWise that has Miami at 19?  Well, there were 21 people that voted Miami among the top 20 in this week’s USCHO.com Poll (and, no, there is no conspiracy to keep them out of the poll — it’s all math), so the voters and that computer-generated PWR are generally in agreement.

    Miami  has lost hree of its last four and had a very bad start to the season.  The RedHawks will probably have to earn a little respect before people start voting for them again. You may recall that Miami  was No. 2 in the first USCHO.com and that the RedHawks were No. 2 in both the coaches and media CCHA preseason polls. Considering that those polls were released after any perceived coffin-pounding that Miami may have done, your revenge theory doesn’t make sense.

    I usually publish my ballot with my weekly column, but as there is no column this week, I plan to publish it Friday.  You’ll see how I voted Miami then.

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