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Hockey East Preseason All-Conference Selections

Johnny Gaudreau is the Hobey Baker Award favorite and the sure pick for Hockey East Player of the Year.

UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck led his team to the Frozen Four as a freshman, but in a league full of good goaltenders, he only makes the second team.
UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck led his team to the Frozen Four as a freshman, but in a league full of good goaltenders, he only makes the second team.
Justin K. Aller

Editor's Note: The following picks for Hockey East Preseason Awards is compiled by Jeff Cox, SBNation's Hockey East Editor. It is not indicative of what the actual HEWBA Preseason First Team All-Hockey East will look like when it is unveiled Tuesday. The ballot Jeff submitted to the HEWBA is reflected below in the first team selections.

Preseason First Team All-Hockey East

F: Johnny Gaudreau, Jr., Boston College

F: Mike Collins, Sr., Merrimack

F: Danny O'Regan, Soph., Boston University

D: Trevor van Riemsdyk, Jr., New Hampshire

D: Michael Matheson, Soph., Boston College

G: Jon Gillies, Sophomore, Providence

Preseason First Team All-Hockey East

F: Kevin Goumas, Sr., New Hampshire

F: Scott Wilson, Jr., UMass-Lowell

F: Bryan Rust, Sr., Notre Dame

D: Jordan Heywood, Sr., Merrimack

D: Matt Grzelcyk, Soph., Boston University

G: Connor Hellebuyck, Soph., UMass-Lowell

Honorable Mention: Kevin Roy, Soph., F, Northeastern; Kevin Hayes, Sr., F, Boston College; Joseph Pendenza, Sr., F, UMass-Lowell; Devin Shore, Soph., F, Maine; Grayson Downing, Jr., F, New Hampshire; Bill Arnold, Sr., F, Boston College; Eric Knodel, Sr., D, New Hampshire; Christian Folin, Soph., D, UMass-Lowell; Robbie Russo, Jr., D, Notre Dame; Casey DeSmith, Jr., G, New Hampshire; Martin Ouellette, Sr., G, Maine

Preseason Hockey East Player of the Year

Johnny Gaudreau, Junior, Forward, Boston College

Runner-up: Jon Gillies, Sophomore, Goaltender, Providence

Preseason Hockey East Goaltender of the Year

Jon Gillies, Sophomore, Providence

Runner-up: Connor Hellebuyck, Sophomore, UMass-Lowell

Preseason Hockey East Rookie of the Year

Austin Cangelosi, Forward, Boston College

Runner-up: Ryan Fitzgerald, Forward, Boston College

Preseason Hockey East All-Rookie Team

F: Austin Cangelosi, Boston College

F: Robbie Baillargeon, Boston University

F: Evan Campbell, UMass-Lowell

F: Vince Hinostroza, Notre Dame

D: Ian McCoshen, Boston College

G: Thatcher Demko, Boston College

Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.