Haula, Bjugstad, Schmidt Make Initial Hobey Baker Cut

Created: 01/09/2013 6:55 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Long

Three Gophers and ten Minnesota-natives are listed on the initial candidate list for college hockey's highest award.

Gopher juniors Nick Bjugstad, Erik Haula and Nate Schmidt are among 77 players on the Hobey Baker Award's fan vote page.

The Hobey Baker Award is given to the top player in college hockey each season.

Seventeen WCHA players are among those listed.

Player, Year, Position, College (Hometown / High School) - NHL Draft Rights

Minnesotans (10):
  Nick Bjugstad, Jr, F, Minnesota (Blaine, MN / Blaine HS) - FLA
  Tony Cameranesi, Fr, F, Minnesota Duluth (Plymouth, MN / Wayzata HS)
  Eric Hartzell, Sr, G, Quinnipiac University (White Bear Lake, MN)
  Ben Hanowski, Sr, F, St. Cloud State (Little Falls, MN / Little Falls HS)- PIT
  Brady Hjelle, Sr, G, Ohio State (International Falls, MN / International Falls H.S.)
  Drew LeBlanc, Sr, F, St. Cloud State (Hermantown, MN / Hermantown HS)
  Anders Lee, Jr, F, Notre Dame (Edina, MN / Edina H.S.) - NYI
  Nate Schmidt, Jr, D, Minnesota (St. Cloud, MN / St Cloud Cathedral)
  Dane Walters, Sr, F, Western Michigan (St. Paul, MN / Como Park HS)
  Ryan Walters, Jr, F, Nebraska Omaha (Rosemount, MN / St Thomas Academy HS)

Other WCHA (17 total):
  Mike Boivin, Sr, D, Colorado College (Delta, BC)
  Rylan Schwartz, Sr, F, Colorado College (Wilcox, SK)
  Austin Farley, Fr, F, Minnesota Duluth (Park Ridge, IL)
  Mike Seidel, Sr, F, Minnesota Duluth (Darrien, IL)
  Corban Knight, Sr, F, North Dakota  (High River, AB)- FLA
  Nic Dowd, Jr, F, St. Cloud State (Huntsville, AL) - FLA
  Juho Olkinuora, So, G, University of Denver (Helsinki, Fin.)
  Nick Shore, Jr, F, University of Denver (Denver, CO) - LAK
  Mark Zengerle, Jr, F, Wisconsin (Rochester, NY)
  Michael Mersch, Jr, F, Wisconsin (Park Ridge, IL) - LAK
  Erik Haula, Jr, F, Minnesota (Pori, Fin.) - MIN

Total list of nominees (77):
Andy Starczewski, Sr, F, Army (Whitesboro, NY)
Brett Gensler, Jr, F, Bentley University (St. Charles, MO)
Tony Capobianco, Jr, G, Canisius College (Mississauga, ON)
Alex Gerke, Sr, D, Connecticut (Tomah, WI)
Garrett Bartus, Sr, G, Connecticut (St. Charles, IL)
Evan Zych, Sr, D, Holy Cross (Kilbride, ON)
Chris Bodo, So, F, Mercyhurst University (St. Thomas, ON)
Danieal Bahntge, So, F, Mercyhurst (Westlake, OH)
Ryan Misiak, So, F, Mercyhurst University (Shelby Township, MI)
Carsen Chubak, Jr, G, Niagara University (Prince Albert, SK)
Giancarlo Iuorio, Sr, F, Niagara University (Richmond Hill, ON)
Adam Brace, Sr, F, Robert Morris University (Cobden, ON)
Eric Levine, Sr, G, Robert Morris University (Wheeling, IL)
Zach Hervato, Sr, F, Robert Morris University (Stittsville, ON)
Kyle Bonis, Sr, F, Ferris State (Lindsay, ON)
Austin Czarnik, So, F, Miami University (Washington, MI) - WAS
Riley Barber, Fr, F, Miami University (Livonia, MI)
A.J. Treais, Sr, F, Michigan (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Jacob Trouba, Fr, D, Michigan (Rochester, MI) - WPG
Matt Berry, So, F, Michigan St (Canton, MI)
Anders Lee, Jr, F, Notre Dame (Edina, MN / Edina H.S.) - NYI
Steven Summerhays, Jr, G, Notre Dame (Anchorage, AK)
T.J. Tynan, Jr, F, Notre Dame (Orland Park, IL) - CBJ
Brady Hjelle, Sr, G, Ohio State (International Falls, MN / International Falls H.S.)
Ryan Dzingel, So, F, Ohio State (Wheaton, IL) - OTT
Chase Balisy, Jr, F, Western Michigan (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) - NSH
Dane Walters, Sr, F, Western Michigan (St. Paul, MN / Como Park HS)
Frank Slubowski, So, G, Western Michigan (Prince Rupert, BC)
Jake Hildebrand, Fr, G, Michigan St (Butler, PA)
Andy Iles, Jr, G, Cornell (Ithaca, NY)
Greg Miller, Sr, F, Cornell (Toronto, ON)
Nick D'Agostino, Sr, D, Cornell (Bolton, ON) - PIT
Matt Lindblad, Jr, F, Dartmouth (Winnetka, IL)
Tyler Sikura, So, F, Dartmouth (Aurora, ON)
Danny Biega, Sr, D, Harvard (Montreal, PQ) - CAR
Eric Hartzell, Sr, G, Quinnipiac University (White Bear Lake, MN)
Kyle Flanagan, Sr, F, St. Lawrence (Canton, NY)
Greg Coburn, Sr, D, Union (Shaunavon, SK)
Kyle Bodie, Sr, F, Union (E. St. Paul, MB)
Wayne Simpson, Sr, F, Union (Boxborough, MA)
Andrew Miller, Sr, F, Yale (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Antoine Laganiere, Sr, F, Yale (Ile Cadieux, PQ)
Kenny Agostino, Jr, F, Yale (Flanders, NJ) - PIT
Johnny Gaudreau, So, F, Boston College (Carneys Point, NJ) - CGY
Parker Milner, Sr, G, Boston College (Pittsburgh, PA)
Pat Mullane, Sr, F, Boston College (Wallingford, CT)
Jordan Heywood, Jr, D, Merrimack (Regina, SK)
Mike Collins, Jr, F, Merrimack (Boston, MA)
Kevin Roy, Fr, F, Northeastern (Lac-Beuaport, PQ)
Ludwig Karlsson, So, F, Northeastern (Linköping, Swe)
Vinny Saponari, Sr, F, Northeastern  (Powder Springs, GA) - WPG
Jon Gillies, Fr, G, Providence College (South Portland, ME) - CGY
Joe Pendenza, Jr, F, UMass-Lowell (Wilmington, MA)
Josh Holmstrom, Jr, F, Umass-Lowell (Colorado Springs, CO)
Riley Wetmore, Sr, F, UMass-Lowell (Swanton, VT)
Casey DeSmith, So, G, University of New Hampshire (Rochester, NH)
Kevin Goumas, Jr, F, University of New Hampshire (Long Beach, NY)
Trevor van Riemsdyk, So, D, University of New Hampshire (Middletown, NJ)
Brody Hoffman, Fr, G, Vermont (Wilkie, SK)
Chris McCarthy, Jr, F, Vermont (Collegeville, PA)
Mike Boivin, Sr, D, Colorado College (Delta, BC)
Rylan Schwartz, Sr, F, Colorado College (Wilcox, SK)
Austin Farley, Fr, F, Minnesota Duluth (Park Ridge, IL)
Mike Seidel, Sr, F, Minnesota Duluth (Darrien, IL)
Tony Cameranesi, Fr, F, Minnesota Duluth (Plymouth, MN / Wayzata HS)
Ryan Walters, Jr, F, Nebraska Omaha (Rosemount, MN / St Thomas Academy HS)
Corban Knight, Sr, F, North Dakota  (High River, AB)- FLA
Ben Hanowski, Sr, F, St. Cloud State (Little Falls, MN / Little Falls HS)- PIT
Drew LeBlanc, Sr, F, St. Cloud State (Hermantown, MN / Hermantown HS)
Nic Dowd, Jr, F, St. Cloud State (Huntsville, AL) - FLA
Juho Olkinuora, So, G, University of Denver (Helsinki, Fin.)
Nick Shore, Jr, F, University of Denver (Denver, CO) - LAK
Mark Zengerle, Jr, F, Wisconsin (Rochester, NY)
Michael Mersch, Jr, F, Wisconsin (Park Ridge, IL) - LAK
Erik Haula, Jr, F, Minnesota (Pori, Fin.) - MIN
Nate Schmidt, Jr, D, Minnesota (St. Cloud, MN / St Cloud Cathedral)
Nick Bjugstad, Jr, F, Minnesota (Blaine, MN / Blaine HS) - FLA