Hobey Baker Award: Meeting the Hobey Hat Trick Finalists

BC sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau - Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Johnny Gaudreau, Eric Hartzell and Drew LeBlanc are the three Hobey Hat Trick Finalists that will be announced Friday at 6 p.m. ET on the NHL Network.

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be presented at 6 p.m. ET on the NHL Network. The presentation, which will be held at the CONSOL Energy Center, is open to the public.

Johnny Gaudreau

Boston College

Sophomore

Forward

Carneys Point, NJ

35 GP - 21 Goals - 30 Assists - 51 Points

The undersized Gaudreau has great hands, seems to find holes and has the moves to get open and create scoring opportunities. The Calgary Flames draft pick is only a sophomore, but has already created a lot of buzz. He was superb at the World Junior Championships earlier this year as the Americans won the Gold Medal.

Eric Hartzell

Quinnipiac

Senior

Goaltender

White Bear Lake, Minn.

41 GP - 30-6-5 - 1.53 GAA - .934 save percentage

The senior had a respectable last few years in Hamden, but has been nothing short of spectacular in his final season. He has kept Quinnipiac in games and his coach is convinced he is the best player in the country. Even when the Bobcats haven't been scoring as much as they'd like, Hartzell has been the rock that kept QU winning. Another thing going for Hartzell is he has led Quinnipiac to an unprecedented season whereas Gaudreau's BC Eagles have been a national power. In other words, Hartzell has that MVP-type performance and the wow factor going for him.

Drew LeBlanc

St. Cloud State

Senior

Forward

Hermantown, Minn.

42 GP - 13 Goals - 37 Assists - 50 Points

LeBlanc overcame a serious leg injury suffered in 2011 to come back for this season and be one of the most productive offensive players in the country. He was the leader of the Huskies who won the WCHA Regular Season Championship and advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time in program history.

Jeff Cox covers college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation for continuing coverage of the Frozen Four, Hobey Baker and all other things college hockey.

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