The NCAA will hand out the annual Hobey Baker award on Friday April 10th as the honour the best player from the college ranks throughout this past season. It’s down to the final three and a winner is set to be named. Who do you think will be bringing home hardware?
The final three is between Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, Nic Dowd from St. Cloud State and Greg Carey with St.
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Lawrence. There were a lot of surprised people when goaltender Adam Wilcox was left off the final three. He was the best goaltender and arguably one of the best players in all college this season.
However, one of Gaudreau, Dowd or Carey will be skating away with the 2014 Hobey Baker trophy. Who will it be?
After being a top 10 Hobey Baker finalist last season, Johnny Gaudreau is hoping to skate away with the trophy this year. He absolutely dominated the college hockey rankings while lead Boston College to the Frozen Four. Speaking to Gaudreau’s dominance he racked up 77 points in just 39 games, recording points in all but two games with the Eagles. There are NHL teams who would kill to have Gaudreau in their prospect system and the Calgary Flames are quite lucky to have him.
Nic Dowd is looking to add one more trophy to his display case after a very impressive college season. He was named the defencive player of the year in the NCAA, won the NCHC regular season title, and named First Team all-conference and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition to his successful junior career, he signed a pro contract with the Los Angeles Kings. Dowd has had an amazing year and a Hobey Baker would be the icing on his cake this season.
Greg Carey is another solid college player who’s strong play this season earned him a pro contract. After being named the co-player of the year in the ECAC and finishing 2nd in NCAA scoring, the Phoenix Coyotes liked what they saw, signed him and sent him to the AHL. Carey is hoping to help the Portland Pirates to a successful playoff run in the AHL.
You know the candidates, you know what they’ve done, now it’s time to vote! Will it be Johnny Gaudreau, Nic Dowd or Greg Carey skating away with the 2014 Hobey Baker award?