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BC teammates Gaudreau, Hayes highlight Hobey Baker finalists

Mar 20, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

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A pair of Boston College teammates and NHL draftees highlight this year’s list of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

Johnny Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes — who helped the Eagles reach No. 2 in the latest rankings — headline the list. Gaudreau, a Hobey Hat Trick finalist from a year ago, is a Calgary draftee while Hayes, MVP of the ’14 Beanpot Tournament, is a former first-round pick of the Blackhawks (24th overall, 2010).

Gaudreau and Hayes, who finished first and third in the country in scoring this season, were joined by eight others:

Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha

Archibald, a Pittsburgh draftee, finished second in the nation in goals (29) while emerging the first-ever scoring champion of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Greg Carey, St. Lawrence

Carey, who recently signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, was a Hobey top-10 finalist last year and leads the country in assists this season, with 39.

Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State

Drafted by the Kings in 2009, Dowd helped St. Cloud clinch the first-ever NCHC regular season title. He captained the team this year and led all Huskies skaters in points.

Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State

Dzingel, an Ottawa prospect, led the Big Ten in scoring and was named first team all-conference this season, his junior year.

Shayne Gostisbehere, Union College

The Flyers prospect led all players in Hobey Baker fan balloting, and helped Union win the ECAC regular season title by finishing eighth in the country in d-man scoring (28).

CJ Motte, Ferris State

Currently unattached to a NHL team, Motte led the nation with 26 wins and emerged as one of the best goalies in the country this season, finishing with four shutouts and a .928 save percentage.

Joel Rumpel, Wisconsin

Another unattached goalie, Rumpel ranks sixth in the nation is GAA (2.19) and save percentage (.931). He was named to the Big Ten’s second all-conference team.

Adam Wilcox, Minnesota

One of three goalies named as a Hobey finalist, the Tampa draftee has already won Big Ten Player of the year, Big Ten goalie of the year and first team all-conference after posting eye-popping numbers: 23-4-6 record, .934 save percentage and 1.91 GAA.

  1. ibieiniid - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    is Hayes no longer property (i use that word loosely) of an NHL team? teams get rights to players for two years out of the draft, correct? or is that different for NCAA players? i noticed it said former first round pick and it got me thinkin’.

    • esracerx46 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      It is different for NCAA players. Teams have until 30 days after their college career has ended. I may be wrong on the days, but he is still Blackhawks property.

    • esracerx46 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Found the rule, it’s a little more eloquent.

      NCAA players are an exception: NHL teams retain the rights to a college player until 30 days after the player has left college.

      A team that does not sign a first-round draft pick is awarded a compensatory pick in a future draft upon losing the rights to that player.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        oh true that. while i know the game of hockey, I’m still figuring out the intricacies of drafting, contracts, the CBA, and all those other little things GMs know like the back of their collective hand. thanks for the info.

    • grocerystick101 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      It’s different. NHL clubs retain NCAA players’ rights until they graduate or leave college. After a player graduates or decides to leave school, they can become an unrestricted free agent if they can’t come to terms with the team that drafted them, as was the case with Justin Schultz.

      In other words, Hayes is still Blackhawks property (unless he’s been traded).

      • grocerystick101 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Sorry if this is redundant

      • ibieiniid - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        haha no problem. really driving the point home. i bet i don’t forget it again.

    • c9castine - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      i think that just meant that he was a first round pick in the past. as in formerly.

      there seems to be a decent amount of college players that dont sign with teams until later in their college career and then go the free agency route though…

      i believe justin schultz, kyle okposo, and dan dekeyser are all good examples of that.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Well Schultz is a good example but Okposo was drafted by the Isles (and stayed there) and Dekeyser was undrafted so no one had his rights before the Wings signed him.

  2. pastabelly - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Gaudreau is really talented. You have to wonder how much his height will hurt him at the next level. Hayes might be better in the NHL. Looking forward to seeing the regionals and I believe 2015 Finals are at TD Garden.

  3. elvispocomo - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    OK, I have no idea what people were even voting for if Faragher and Hutton – who finished 3rd and 4th in voting respectively – didn’t make the finalists. I haven’t followed Faragher, but Hutton has the most goals of any defenceman this year and broke Maine’s record with 14.

    Anyone care to share why the voting to date meant absolutely nothing?

    • esracerx46 - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      I’m not familiar with either player, but having looked at their stats Faragher’s numbers weren’t as good as the other goalies. And perhaps Hutton was held back because he’s a sophmore?

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Check out Gostisbehere’s highlights and you’ll see why the kid led all fan voting, he’s electric. One of the best puck moving defenseman I’ve seen at the NCAA level. He’s drawn comparisons to Krug but I think he’s actually a little more dynamic. The Flyers don’t have a history of drafting quality dmen but they found a gem here. Most scouts and front office ppl believe he can run the PP if he skips his senior year. Idk about that but he’s exactly the type of puck mover the team needs.

  5. c9castine - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    well the flyers have a bad history with d-men and the penguins have a bad history with forwards…

    hopefully josh archibald puts a few pounds on and develops into an NHL forward in the next few years

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