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Eichel wins Hobey Baker Award

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

National Collegiate Athletic Association


The awards keep coming in for Jack Eichel as he won the coveted Hobey Baker Award on Friday.  He accomplished that feat by scoring 26 goals and 70 points in 39 contests this season.  The 18-year-old is the youngest player to ever win the award, which is a title that previously belonged to Paul Kariya.  Eichel's Boston University will have a chance to win its sixth national championship on Saturday when they play Providence.  Eichel is projected to be taken second in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft after Connor McDavid.  Providence will likely send out goaltender Jon Gillies to help counter Eichel.  Gillies has a 1.98 GAA and .930 save percentage in 38 games this season.  He was taken in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames.  Zane McIntyre was selected as the Mike Richter Award winner for 2015, which goes college's top goaltender.  McIntyre posted a 2.05 GAA and .929 save percentage in 42 games with the University of North Dakota. 


American Hockey League


Matt Murray has the distinction of being selected as the goaltender for both the All-Rookie Team and the First All-Star Team.  The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect has a 1.50 GAA and .943 save percentage in 38 games this season.  Ville Pokka was also part of the All-Rookie Team.  The 20-year-old defenseman has eight goals and 30 points in 65 games with the Rockford IceHogs in 2014-15.  He was originally taken by the New York Islanders in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he was acquired by Chicago in the Nick Leddy trade.  The Islanders still had a prospect among the top rookie defensemen though as Ryan Pulock was also named to the All-Rookie Team.  Taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, he had 17 goals and 26 points in 48 contests with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  Connor Brown leads all rookies in points with 58 in 71 games this season.  The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect was also part of the All-Rookie Team as a result.




When it comes to the KHL playoffs, Artemi Panarin is leading all players under the age of 24 with 15 points in 15 games while playing with St. Petersburg SKA.  No other under-24 forward is even close, although 23-year-old defenseman Nikita Zaitsev does have an impressive nine points in 16 postseason contests with CSKA Moscow.  Defenseman Viktor Antipin is up there too with two goals and seven points in 10 contests with Magnitogorsk Metallurg.  Antipin, 22, had five goals and 21 points in 54 regular season games.  There weren't many under-24 goaltenders that got playing time during the KHL playoffs, but Denis Kostin made seven appearances and posted a 2.10 GAA and .913 save percentage.  He's just 19 years old and also had a 2.17 GAA and .923 save percentage in 18 contests with Omsk Avangard in the regular season.

Ryan Dadoun
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