Western College Hockey is doing a blog vote for the Hobey, so here's my ballot as it stands right now:
1 (5 points). Chris Collins (Forward, BC): The nation's leading goal scorer, second in points, second in points per game, just out of the top 20 in assists, and his team is doing fairly well. Plus I actually got to see him in person this year and he impressed the living hell out of me.
2 (4 points). Brian Elliott (Goalie, Wisconsin): 18-2-2, .944, 1.40. Stats lie sometimes, but you don't need to see a whole lot more than that with this kid. Wiscy was the consensus #1 until he got injured, and his injury is the only reason that I leave him out of the #1 spot right now. If he comes back strong, give him the award.
3 (3 points). Scott Parse (Forward, UNO): The nation's leading scorer, #1 in points per game, #2 in assists. UNO is 9th in the unadjusted Pairwise right now, and if they make the tournament, that's a big boost for his bid.
4 (2 points). Jeff Zatkoff (Goalie, Miami): He splits time, or he'd be higher. Honestly, who had Miami winning the CCHA, let alone getting a cup of coffee as the #1 team in the entire country? .938 and 1.75 go a long way toward that. Gotta give someone on that team their due, and Zatkoff is as good of a choice as any.
5 (1 point). Matt Carle (Defenseman, Denver): The top scoring defenseman in the country for the two-time champs, who are starting to get a little feisty. I had him pencilled in at #3, but as Andy Hilbert learned, pencils have erasers, and my keyboard has a backspace key. I can't give it to someone whose team probably isn't going to make the tournament. If Denver gets in, slide him up to #3.
My remaining 5 finalists: Brett Sterling, Ryan Potulny, Cory Schneider, Jamie Hunt as the token small school player, and Jeff Jakaitis because really? Lake State? Really? He would also be my "wildcard" pick for someone that shouldn't win it, but should at least get a mention.