Commentary

Northeastern's Thiessen jumps Cornell's Scrivens to debut in Hobey Tracker

Updated: February 6, 2009, 2:58 PM ET
By Inside College Hockey

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 weekly during the remainder of the season.

Big Board

1. Colin Wilson

Boston University | Sophomore | Forward

[+] EnlargeBrad Thiessen
Josh Holmberg/Icon SMIBrad Thiessen tied his career high of 45 saves in the Beanpot on Monday.

To Date: 9-23--32, 4 PPG, 3 GWG, +9
Since Last Tracker: 0-2--2 in wins at Merrimack, vs. Harvard
The Buzz: Wilson extended his points streak to six games with a pair of assists in the Terriers' win at Merrimack on Friday, but he was a nonfactor -- almost invisible, really -- in BU's come-from-behind victory against Harvard on Monday in the first round of the Beanpot Tournament. He gets another chance on the big stage in the 'Pot final against Northeastern.

2. Brad Thiessen
Northeastern | Junior | Goalie

To Date: 18-6-2, 2.02 GAA, .937 save pct., 2 shutouts
Since Last Tracker: This is Thiessen's first Big Board appearance
The Buzz: How does Thiessen move past Ben Scrivens, who has better stats, into second on the Big Board? Well, for an elite goalie, he sees a lot of shots -- an average of more than 32 per game, about six more than Scrivens. And while Scrivens is certainly Cornell's most valuable player, the feeling here is that no one player is more critical to his team's success than Thiessen is to the Huskies'.

3. Ben Scrivens
Cornell | Junior | Goalie

To Date: 14-3-4, .948 save pct., 1.41 GAA, 6 SO
Since Last Tracker: 2 GP, 0-1-1, .929 save pct., 2.54 GAA, SO
The Buzz: First, the good: Scrivens recorded his sixth shutout of the season in a 0-0 tie at Clarkson. It was Cornell's second scoreless tie of the season. Now, the bad: He lasted half the game and allowed half the goals in an 8-1 loss at St. Lawrence.

[+] EnlargeJamie McBain
David Stluka/Icon SMIWisconsin's Jamie McBain leads NCAA defensemen in scoring with 30 points.

Bull Market

Jamie McBain | Wisconsin | Junior | Defenseman

The best of the Badgers' talented blue-line bunch, McBain leads the nation's defensemen in scoring with 30 points, but his numbers are more impressive when viewed in the context of previous Wisconsin rear guards. To wit: If McBain maintains his current scoring pace, he'll likely hit 40 points late in the regular season or early in the playoffs, something that hasn't happened since Craig Anderson scored 42 points in 1997-98. He also has a decent chance of racking up the most assists by a Badger defenseman since Brian Rafalski had 34 helpers in 1994-95.

Bear Market

Jordan Schroeder | Minnesota | Freshman | Forward

Yes, it's extremely rare for a freshman to merit serious Hobey Baker consideration, but the pieces were falling into place for the talented Gophers pivot in the first half. He backed that up with an outstanding performance at the World Junior Championship. Since returning from his Team USA duty, Schroeder has maintained his scoring pace -- seven points in six games -- but just hasn't been a difference-maker, and the Gophers are 2-4-0 in that stretch.

Hidden Hobey

Dan Ringwald | RIT | Junior | Defenseman

Ringwald quietly ranked among the leading scorers from the blue line last year and hasn't slowed down this time around. He is backing up last season's 33 point, 30 assist campaign with a line of 2-21--23 so far this year. Ringwald was a first team All-Atlantic Hockey defenseman last year.

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