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pretty weak group of Hobey finalists - MichaelSpath 4/3 1:01 PM (show all)  Views 319
       Re: pretty weak group of Hobey finalists - alnike 4/3 2:45 PM
              Re: pretty weak group of Hobey finalists - Packer487 4/3 11:55 PM


This is the state of college hockey now where you are seeing the effects of about 30 defections each summer for the past 3 summers.   The talent levels are not there to support the level of play we witnessed in the mid-2000's.

The leading scorer in college hockey this year is 53 points.  Since 2005, the leading scorer has had 60 points or better.   With the defections, you have weaker senior classes and the underclassmen point totals are also impacted without the veteran linemates.   No team in college hockey averaged over 3.5 goals/game this year.

It was evident in the CCHA this year too with Michigan and WMU not making the tournament.   The CCHA had two NCAA teams and only one (token) Hobey Baker candidate in Austin Czarnik.  Miami finished in first in the CCHA, but was shutout 7 times during the season!   Not sure why TJ Tynan at Notre Dame has declined from 50 points as a freshman to 40 (soph) and 28 as a junior.

You can have success relatively quickly now if you are a lock-down defensive team.  If the cp;;ege players continue to turn pro and if the CHL continues to take blue chip recruits, I would expect this level of college hockey to persist.
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Originally posted by alnike:

This is the state of college hockey now where you are seeing the effects of about 30 defections each summer for the past 3 summers.   The talent levels are not there to support the level of play we witnessed in the mid-2000's.

The leading scorer in college hockey this year is 53 points.  Since 2005, the leading scorer has had 60 points or better.   With the defections, you have weaker senior classes and the underclassmen point totals are also impacted without the veteran linemates.   No team in college hockey averaged over 3.5 goals/game this year.


I noticed that when doing my season preview before this past year. We scored 132 goals last season, which was the lowest single-season total since 81-82 (or a couple of months before I was born). They still ranked 10th in the nation in goals per game. The year before, 3.22 goals per game would have ranked 21st nationally and it would have been 17/18th the year before that.

Last year Minnesota led the country with 3.6 goals per game. Over the past decade before that, the lowest total for a team that led the country in goals was 3.93 by BC in 08-09. It's dipped even more, to 3.48 this year.

I was curious if that was a momentary blip or an effect of kids bouncing to major junior. It's sure looking like it might be the latter, eh?
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Johnny Gaudreau ? Boston College, Sophomore, Forward, Carneys Point, New Jersey

Back to back 21 goal seasons is a fantastic way to start your college career, and so is posting 95 total points. The smallish scoring dynamo, Johnny Gaudreau (pronounced GOO-dreau), proved he can make plays as well as score goals by leading Hockey East in both points and assists. He completed his season tied for fourth in the nation in scoring while tied for eighth in both goals and assists. Gaudreau recorded 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points in 35 games.  He also contributed four power play goals and he is tied for second in the nation with his six game winning goals. His scoring exploits saw him average 1.46 points per game, topping everyone in the nation. Gaudreau was duly honored, heralded as a First Team all-star in Hockey East and was named their Player of the Year. A Communications major, Gaudreau joins in volunteering with a variety of team functions as well as visiting Children's Hospital, elementary schools and assisting race-day for a 5K fundraiser. He was a draft choice of Calgary (4th round) and missed two games this past season to play for the U.S. World Junior Team, earning a gold medal while leading the IIHF tournament with seven goals.

 

Eric Hartzell ? Quinnipiac University, Senior, Goalie, White Bear Lake, Minnesota

There is a reason why Quinnipiac is making their first ever trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. They are firmly anchored in net by their outstanding goalie Eric Hartzell. The Bobcats enter the national tournament ranked number one and have the top overall team defense in the nation (1.63). Hartzell has been a work-horse and will end up leading the nation in minutes played. In 40 games so far, Hartzell has a 1.55 goals against average (3rd in the nation) and a .933 saves percentage (8th in the nation). His overall record in 40 games is 29-6-5, good enough for the second best win percentage in the country and he has the most wins. While leading all ECAC goalies in conference play, the league acknowledged him as a First Team all-star, Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year. Remarkably, he allowed two goals or less in 34 games and at one point, posted a 21-game unbeaten streak. Hartzell is a pro hockey free agent and is a Marketing major. He is an active volunteer visiting elementary schools, assisting at hockey clinics and an active participant in the team's St. Baldrick's annual fundraiser.

 

Drew LeBlanc ? St. Cloud State University, Senior, Forward, Hermantown, Minnesota

Coming off a redshirt season after severely breaking his leg last year, Drew LeBlanc (pronounced la-BLAH) has proved to be a masterful playmaker. Skating with two freshmen for portions of the season, the two-year captain has helped guide the Huskies to their first ever Frozen Four and will try to score on Hartzell in the upcoming national semi-finals. He enters the tournament leading the nation in assists (37) and is seventh in points (50), just three points from the top. LeBlanc has scored 13 goals including three on the power play and three that proved to be game winners in the 41 games he has played so far. Named First Team all-conference, LeBlanc attained a first in the 52 year history of the WCHA, being named both the Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year and the Player of the Year. A four-time All-Academic student, he has been student teaching all season to complete his requirements for his Math Education major. LeBlanc finds time assisting with new student move-ins, helps out at hockey clinics and the Skate with the Huskies events. He is a pro hockey free agent.

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