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On Campus: An early look at the Hobey Baker Award field

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The winner will be announced at the 2023 Frozen Four in Tampa.

Minnesota State senior Dryden McKay won the award last season, becoming only the third goalie to do so since Michigan State’s Ryan Miller in 2001. University of Denver.

But who will win this season? Here are 10 players we think will be in contention (in alphabetical order).

Logan Cooley, University of Minnesota

The Freshman Center was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round (No. 3) of the 2022 NHL Draft.

The only freshman to win the Hobie Baker Award is Paul Kariya, who scored 100 points on the University of Maine’s national championship team in 1993.

The 18-year-old isn’t looking to hit triple figures, but he’s off to a strong start with five goals (two goals and three assists) in four games to lead his side.

He is expected to be a key member of the US team at the IIHF 2023 World Junior Championships.

Video: Coyote’s Cooley Picked Him No. 3 in 2022 NHL Draft

University of Minnesota Brock Faber

The best defenseman in NCAA hockey is Minnesota’s captain this year.

As a sophomore last season, Farber was named Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year and named a First Team All-Big 10. He played for the United States at the Beijing Olympics.

Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round (45th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft, he was traded along with a first-round pick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a forward. Kevin Fiala June 29, 2022.

The 20-year-old has scored three goals (one goal and two assists) in three games this season.

Harvard University Sean Farrell

The forward wasn’t 100% healthy last season, but he scored 28 goals (10 goals, 18 assists) in 24 games for Harvard and scored 6 goals (3 goals, 3 assists) in four games at the Beijing Olympics. led the United States. .

Healthy and fit for the Harvard season starting Thursday, the sophomore is poised for a big year ahead.

The 20-year-old was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round (124th pick) of the 2020 draft.

Reese Gaber, University of North Dakota

The undersized forward (5’8, 163 lbs) has a smooth scoring touch. He was a finalist for last year’s National College Hockey Conference Player of the Year after scoring his 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 34 games.

The junior has 4 goals (3 goals and 1 assist) in 4 games this season.

The 23-year-old, who was a top forward at the Boston Bruins’ development camp in July, is a free agent expected to get a lot of attention from NHL teams.

University of Michigan Luke Hughes

Like his older brothers Jack (New Jersey Devils) and Quinn (Vancouver Canucks), Luke is an elite skater, the biggest of his siblings with 6-2 and 190.

He was the top goalscorer and points scorer among college defensive players with 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 2021-22. 41 goals.

Hughes is one of three top 10 finalists for the 2022 Hobby Baker Awards to play college hockey this season. (Others include Northeastern’s Devon Levy and Quinnipiac’s Yaniv Peretz.)

New Jersey selected the 19-year-old in the 2020 first round (4th place).

VIDEO: NHL Tonight Compares Hughes and Sanderson

Matthew Knies, University of Minnesota

The sophomore forward has a size (6-2, 210) and skill combination not often seen in college games.

Last season, he scored 33 goals (15 goals and 18 assists) in 33 games, and scored two goals (1 goal and 1 assist) for the US national team at the Beijing Olympics.

He has scored three goals (two goals and one assist) in four games for the Golden Gophers this season.

The 20-year-old was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (57th overall) of the 2021 NHL Draft.

Devon Levy, Northeast

The goalie picked up where he left off as a freshman with 10 shutouts and a . 952 save percentage.

He has a 3-1-1 record this season with a .943 save percentage and 1.77 goals per average. He stopped his 49 shots, including four breakaways, in his 2-1 loss to Northeastern College on Saturday night against Providence.

The Florida Panthers selected him in the 7th round (212th) of the 2020 Draft. On June 24, 2021, he traded the 20-year-old to the Buffalo Sabers in exchange for a first-round draft pick. Sam Reinhart.

Carter Mather, University of Denver

A year ago, he was named the National Title Team’s NCHC Rookie of the Year, scoring 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) in 41 games.

Among NCAA freshmen, only Luke Hughes scored more points.

Mazur has scored four goals in four games this season.

The 20-year-old was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round (70th overall) of the 2021 draft.

Aidan McDonagh, Northeastern University

After scoring 25 goals in 38 games last season, the forward had the potential to turn professional, but chose to stay in his senior year.

Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 7th round (195th) of the 2019 NHL Draft, the 22-year-old has scored 7 points (4 goals and 3 assists) in 5 games this season as the Northeastern captain.

He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 7th round (No. 195) of the 2019 NHL Draft.

Zach Metza, Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac are one of the top teams in the country, and Mezza’s play on both ends of the ice is one reason.

The 24-year-old graduate student was named the ECAC’s Best Defensive Defenseman last season, leading Quinnipiac with 37 points (10 goals and 27 assists) in 42 games. He has scored 3 goals (1 goal, 2 assists) in 4 games this season.

He will become a free agent after the NCAA season ends.