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Hobey Baker is no sure path to NHL success

Drew LeBlanc
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Drew LeBlanc

Of the collegiate player of the year awards in the four major sports, the Hobey Baker Award -- given to the best on the ice -- comes with the least amount of success on the professional level.

Of the 30 Hobey honorees spanning the initial victor in 1981 (Neal Broten) to the 2010 winner (Blake Geoffrion), 12 have played fewer than 100 games in the NHL. The Blackhawks are hoping for big things from 2013 winner Drew LeBlanc (shown), whom they signed last week.

A look at games played in the NHL by Hobey Baker Award winners:

Games playedPlayers
04
1-1008
101-3005
301-5003
501-7005
701-9002
901-11003Note: Most is Neal Broten, 1,099 games