With some top contenders off last weekend, little changes in the Hobey Watch voting

Tyler Motte has held without a goal for an entire weekend for the first time since Nov. 20-21 in Michigan’s losses to Ohio State (photo: Michael Dubicki).

Not much has changed in Week 2 of Hobey Watch as our top five candidates remain the same, in the same order. There was some change in order of the others receiving votes category. More on that later.

Six USCHO writers, one covering each of the Division I men’s conferences, picked their top five players nationally, with a first-place vote counting for five points, a second-place vote providing four points, and so on.

Our panel includes current and former Hobey voters.

We’ll update this weekly as the candidates’ stock rises and falls. This week, three of the five were idle due to their teams earning playoff byes, thanks in part to their contributions throughout the season.

1. Kyle Connor, Michigan

Connor picked up three more assists last weekend and continues to lead the nation in points (57).

2. Jimmy Vesey, Harvard

Vesey and the Crimson were off last week, having earned a bye in the first round of the ECAC Hockey tournament.

3. Tyler Motte, Michigan

Connor’s linemate had a pair of assists last week and remains the national leader in goals with 29.

4. Alex Lyon, Yale

Lyon also was off last week thanks to a bye in the ECAC tournament.

5. Thatcher Demko, Boston College

Boston College was idle, earning a bye in the first round of the Hockey East tournament.

Others receiving votes: Kevin Boyle, UMass-Lowell; JT Compher, Michigan; Kalle Kossila, St. Cloud State; Greg Gibson, Robert Morris; Ethan Prow, St. Cloud State; Andrew Poturalski, New Hampshire; Michael Garteig, Quinnipiac; Zac Lynch, Robert Morris.

These were the same as last week, in a slightly different order. Boyle and Gibson moved up while Garteig dropped slightly.

And finally, an update on the real Hobey voting: Ballots from the 60 Division I head coaches were due on March 4, and the results announcing the 10 nominees will be released on March 17.

Voting by the selection committee happens on March 28 and 29, with the Hobey Hat Trick announced on March 31.

The winner will be announced on April 8 at a ceremony at the Tampa Theatre during the Frozen Four.


  1. Ethan Prow really should be considered a higher contender…..his numbers better than Matt Gilroy ’09 and similar to Jordan Leopold who won in ’02. No offense to Conner and Motte, but the BIG 10 has 1 goaltender in the Top 50 and No one Team’s defense above 34th!
    Top 5: Conner, Vessey, Demko, Prow, Lyon??

    • I would agree with you but as a counter example, consider Larkin compared to Jack Eichel. Who played the tougher schedule and defense last year? How are they now doing in the NHL? I’m just saying, don’t just look at the statistics. Look at the way they perform on the ice.

      • True. Two things. You have to play well against the competition you’re given (Michigan….they’re doing it) and some competition is better (NCHC) which I was referring to for Prow…and he is doing well. Both are factors, both rely on some statistics and Michigan and SCSU are performing well on the ice.

  2. Good job Tech, Mavericks gotta shake this one off and come out big next week against Boston. I guess the silver lining for the mavericks is that they can pour on the shots, not sure if they just ran into a hot goal tender of if they weren’t getting enough High quality shot or rebounds.


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