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INCH projects 10 Hobey finalists

Updated: March 19, 2009, 1:56 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. This week's Inside College Hockey's Hobey Tracker predicts the 10 finalists for the award before they are officially announced Thursday evening. The forecasted top 10 is listed in alphabetical order.

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[+] EnlargeRyan Duncan
Kory Wallen/UND AthleticsRyan Duncan has 22 points in North Dakota's past 18 games.

Brock Bradford
Boston College | Senior | Forward
To Date: 36 GP, 25-17--42
The Buzz: The senior kept up his scoring touch when many of his teammates have struggled to match gaudy offensive numbers from previous seasons. He has four game-winning goals and three game-tying goals for the Eagles.

Ryan Duncan
North Dakota | Senior | Forward
To Date: 34 GP, 14-3246, +16, 6 PPG, 1 SHG, 3 GWG
The Buzz: His numbers are nowhere near as gaudy as the ones he put up during his Hobey-winning season of 2006-07, but he's been the catalyst for the Sioux during the team's impressive second-half run, as evidenced by his 11 goals and 11 assists in his past 18 games.

Zane Kalemba
Princeton | Junior | Goalie
To Date: 31 GP, 22-8-0, 1.69 GAA, .936 sv. pct., 2 SO
The Buzz: The ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and first team selection leads the nation in save percentage and was a rock for the Tigers all year. Princeton has a reputation for its offensive aggressiveness, but Kalemba is a big reason why the Tigers rank in the top five nationally in overall defense.

Jacques Lamoureux
Air Force | Sophomore | Forward
To Date: 37 GP, 31-20--51
The Buzz: The nation's goal-scoring leader is the key to high-flying Air Force's tremendous offensive output. He's especially dangerous on special teams -- about half of his goals (15) have come on the power play.

Aaron Palushaj
Michigan | Sophomore | Forward
To Date: 36 GP, 12-36--48
The Buzz: Measuring up to last year's Hobey winner, ex-teammate Kevin Porter, won't help his cause. Neither will scoring just 12 goals. But Palushaj has been among the nation's steadiest offensive players -- he had 25 points prior to the holiday break, and 23 points afterward.

Jordan Pearce
Notre Dame | Senior | Goalie
To Date: 36 GP, 28-5-3, 1.62 GAA, .934 sv. pct., 8 SO
The Buzz: Notre Dame is a deep, balanced team, but Pearce stands out based on his eye-popping statistics. He leads the nation in wins (28), shutouts (8) and goals-against average (1.62), and only four goalies have bettered his .934 save percentage.

[+] EnlargeColin Wilson
Dominick Reuter/Icon SMIBoston University's Colin Wilson has led the Hobey race for much of the season.

Garrett Roe
St. Cloud State | Sophomore | Forward
To Date: 38 GP, 17-31--48
The Buzz: Minnesota ended St. Cloud State's season, but the early postseason exit won't diminish Roe's excellent campaign. The sophomore led the WCHA in scoring with 48 points and he was held scoreless in back-to-back games on just two occasions this season.

Ryan Stoa
Minnesota | Junior | Forward
To Date: 35 GP, 24-22--46
The Buzz: Stoa benefitted from an incredible start to the season -- he scored 10 goals and recorded 19 assists in the Gophers' first 11 games -- and slowed down between Nov. 22 and Feb. 20, scoring points in just seven of 18 games. He's been hot lately, however, with eight goals and four assists over the past four games.

Brad Thiessen
Northeastern | Junior | Goalie
To Date: 39 GP, 25-10-4, 2.07 GAA, .932 sv. pct., 3 SO
The Buzz: The leader of the nation's surprise team is a workhorse and also has the stats to make him an excellent Hobey Hat Trick finalist. Only Notre Dame's Pearce has more wins in net than the NU standout.

Colin Wilson
Boston University | Sophomore | Forward
To Date: 37 GP, 14-35--49
The Buzz: Since returning from World Juniors, Wilson has been held off the score sheet just six times in 21 games. BU went 4-0-2 in those games. He does more than just score for the top team in Hockey East.

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