Two Leafs prospects on the long list of Hobey Baker nominees

Two Leafs prospects on the long list of Hobey Baker nominees

The Hobey Baker award is the most prestigious individual award in the NCAA. Every year there is a length process of creating a long list of nominees, and an initial round of voting takes place to get that list down to ten and the competition starts getting real.
Right now we’re still in the initial stages, and of the 77 (yes, 77) names on the list, there are two Leafs prospects in there. Ryan Tverberg of the University of Connecticut, and Nick Abruzzese of Harvard University.
Nick Abruzzese has had one hell of a week. The college junior started off by being named the ECAC Conference player of the week, and that was bested by being named to the US Olympic hockey team. After that the Hobey Baker long list probably seemed like a give, but it’s probably not an honour the 23 year old takes for granted.
Abruzzese has 21 points in 14 games this season, which is good for being 42nd in the league in scoring. Of course it’s the 14 games that makes that most impressive, and when you look at points per game, Nick’s 1.5ppg puts him as the top player in the country. That certainly makes him a strong contender for at least …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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