February 13, 2007

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.


1. John Curry
Boston University
Senior | Goalie

Last Week: Stopped 32 shots in a 3-2 win against UMass and made 37 saves in the Terriers' 2-1 OT win against Boston College in the Beanpot title match.
The Buzz: He's got the numbers — second in the nation in save percentage, third in GAA. With his effort in Monday's Beanpot championship game against the Eagles, he's also got the signature performance of the season to date.

2. David Brown
Notre Dame
Senior | Goalie

Last Week: Stopped 34 of 38 shots in a win and tie against Nebraska-Omaha.
The Buzz: Brown has been consistent, and you can't ask for much more than that from your goaltender. It's been a while since he's had to steal a game, however, and should the Irish clinch the CCHA regular season title at Alaska this weekend, he'll likely earn a well-deserved breather for one or two games.

3. T.J. Hensick
Senior | Forward

Last Week: One assist in a 3-2 loss at Bowling Green, no points in a 3-3 tie with Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena.
The Buzz: Not only was Hensick held scoreless against MSU on college hockey's biggest non-Monday night stage, he was also a minus-2 against the Spartans. Unless he posts huge numbers in leading Michigan to a CCHA playoff title, it's fair to say his position on the Big Board may have peaked.


Jonathan Toews
North Dakota


A four-goal, two-assist weekend against Minnesota State gives Toews seven goals and nine assists in his last six games and 31 points in just 21 games this season. If his torrid pace continues through the remainder of the regular season and into the WCHA playoffs — and North Dakota keeps winning — Toews will become one of the top three Hobey candidates.
Cory Schneider
Boston College
Maybe we expect far too much out of Schneider, a first-round selection of Vancouver in the 2004 NHL Draft. He's been good, not great, for the Eagles. More important, perhaps are his numbers. Schneider ranks outside of the top 20 nationally in both goals against average and save percentage. And unlike Curry, he lacks a signature win .
Bryan Lerg
Michigan State
He's 20 points behind Michigan's Hensick in the CCHA scoring race and his point totals through 29 games (20-11) looks like one of Warren Spahn's won-loss records. That said, the Spartans have been one of the country's most consistent teams during the second half of the season, and Lerg has been at the forefront of that effort. Prior to a scoreless outing in Tuesday's loss at Ferris State, Lerg had goals in six straight games. Also, the NCAA leader with eight game-winning goals had picked up the difference maker in each of MSU's last four victories.