The top collegiate talent from the 2021-22 season has been revealed.
The NCAA unveiled the nominees for the Hobey Baker Award on Wednesday afternoon, announcing a list of 10 candidates who could potentially walk away with college hockey's ultimate individual prize.
The nominees feature Matty Beniers and Luke Hughes from the University of Michigan, Bobby Brink from the University of Denver, Brian Halonen from Michigan Tech University, Devon Levi from Northeastern University, Dryden McKay and Nathan Smith from Minnesota State University, Ben Meyers from the University of Minnesota, Yanev Perets from Quinnipiac University, and Bobby Trivigno from the University of Massachusetts.
Of the 10 finalists for this prestigious award, five are prospects of NHL teams, with Beniers belonging to the Seattle Kraken, Hughes to the New Jersey Devils, Brink to the Philadelphia Flyers, Levi to the Buffalo Sabres, and Smith to the Winnipeg Jets.
The players whose rights are not currently owned by an NHL will likely see that change in the coming weeks, as well, with many experts listing McKay, Meyers, and Trivigno, in particular, as the top undrafted college free agents currently on the market.
The Hobey Baker has quite the vaunted history of past winners, with the likes of Montreal's Cole Caufield, Colorado's Cale Makar, and Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau taking home the hardware over the past decade.
This year's group of hopefuls is littered with potential stars in the making, including a whopping three goaltenders who could each make a case for why they should be worthy of this illustrious honor.
The Hobey Baker Ceremony is scheduled to be held in roughly three weeks, on April 8th, 2022.