10 For '05: The Hobey
We're only two
weeks removed from the 2004 national championship game, but here
at Inside College Hockey we can't resist casting our gaze toward
the future. A lot can change between now and the drop of the puck
in October, but that doesn't stop our 10 For '05 feature.
We already took
an early look at the top 10 teams
headed into next season; in the coming days we'll offer our thoughts
on 10 big questions headed into next season. Today we take a very
early glance at 10 candidates for the 2005 Hobey Baker Award.
was injured, Minnesota slumped. When he was healthy, the Gophers
won, thanks in no small part to his team-high 5 GWGs. With the
departures of Grant Potulny and Co., Ballard becomes the team's
leader. Will his play suffer?
will allege that Bochenski's numbers will drop without running
mate Zach Parise. Optimists will note that Bochenski had more
goals, assists, points, power play goals, shorthanded goals
and game-winning goals in 2003-04 than Parise.
scored more than one-quarter of the Huskies' goals last season.
Heck, the shifty Conner had 14 special teams goals (6 PPGs,
8 SHGs). Linemate Colin Murphy was second among Huskies skaters
with 15 total goals.
watchers saw more tools in Eaves than anyone else on the roster,
including graduated former Hobey finalists Ben Eaves and Tony
Voce. Stay healthy and away from bad penalties, and he edges
teammate Ryan Shannon for a spot on this list.
was a fantastic coming-out party for Howard. After splitting
time for most of two years, he's emerged as the leading man
– both in the nets and overall – for the Black Bears.
at North Dakota, he's got to show he can produce without a Hobey
finalist alongside him. But as Wild fans know, there can be
hockey life in Minnesota after a star moves to Dallas.
three returning Hobey finalists, Slater can do it all. In his
second year as captain, he should lead the Spartans back to
their familiar level on the national stage.
simple, the best offensive player in the ECAC. Coach Bob Gaudet
loves his all-around game as well. Will serve as the Big Green's
captain for the upcoming season.
a guy who finished sixth on his team in scoring last season
be considered a Hobey Baker candidate in 2005? Because we expect
Tambellini to approach the 26-19—45 he posted in his rookie
season, not the 15-12—27 he scored as a sophomore.
no one in the college game with more talent than Vanek. On the
other hand, there's no one that takes more shifts off than he
does. If he can sleepwalk his way to 51 points as he did last
season, just think what he could do with a little fire in his
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