January 22, 2008

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is presented to a deserving recipient on the day before the last college hockey game of the season. But that doesn’t mean that college hockey fans, players and media members don’t think about it all season. Inside College Hockey's Hobey Tracker looks at the top three candidates for the award, those whose stock is rising or falling, and other players worthy of consideration.

The Hobey Tracker will be updated every other Wednesday morning during the first half of the season, and every Wedneday morning during the second half of the season.


1. Nathan Gerbe
Boston College
Junior | Forward

To Date: 18-18—36, +14, 7 PPG, 3 SHG
The Buzz: It's a popular question with INCH e-mailers: How does Gerbe get the nod over Porter, Lasch, Ryan Jones, etc.? Well, we think the guy does as much as the players listed above with just a little less to work with. BU ended his recent nine-game point streak, by the way — only once during that stretch did he fail to put up crooked numbers.

2. Kevin Porter
Senior | Forward

To Date: 22-17—39, +18, 12 PPG
The Buzz: Rather than listing Gerbe and Porter as nos. 1 and 2, it'd be more fitting to call them nos. 1.000 and 1.001 — that's how narrow we see the gap between the two. Porter continues to play the role of Mr. Reliable for the Wolverines. He had a goal in each of his team's two wins against Notre Dame last weekend, giving him at least one point in 13 of his last 14 games.

3. Ryan Lasch
St. Cloud State
Soph. | Forward

Why He Might Win:

Why He Might Not: