The 2014 Hobey Baker Award will be presented on Friday, April 12 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on the off-day in between the semifinals and final at the Frozen Four.
The entire college hockey world expects Boston College junior and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudeau to win the sport's most prestigious individual honor, and rightfully so, but who will be the other nine finalists? Jeff Cox predicts the finalists that will be announced this Friday, listed in alphabetic order.
Sam Britain, Sr., Goaltender, Denver University (Florida Panthers)
Greg Carey, Sr., Forward, St. Lawrence University (Free Agent)
Austin Czarnik, Jr., Forward, Miami University (Free Agent)
Ryan Dzingel, Jr., Forward, Ohio State (Ottawa Senators)
Johnny Gaudreau, Jr., Forward, Boston College (Calgary Flames)
Brett Gensler, Sr., Forward, Bentley University (Free Agent)
Kevin Goumas, Sr., Forward, New Hampshire (Free Agent)
Other players such as Boston College's Kevin Hayes, Maine's Devin Shore, St. Cloud's Nic Dowd, Nebraska-Omaha's Josh Archibald, UMass Lowell's Connor Hellebuyck, Ferris State's C.J. Motte and Minnesota State's Matt Leitner also deserve consideration for inclusion, but they fell just outside this writer's top 10.
Fans of the Big 10, NCHC and WCHA might have a gripe with this list, as it is "eastern biased," but look at the latest Pairwise Rankings. Hockey East and the ECAC had the better leagues top-to-bottom this season. The Big 10 and WCHA were very top heavy and the NCHC struggled outside of St. Cloud and North Dakota.
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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.