The three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, known as the Hobey Hat Trick, were announced on Wednesday and predictably, Boston College junior left wing Johnny Gaudreau was among them.
The other two are senior forward Greg Carey of St. Lawrence and senior forward Nic Dowd of St. Cloud State.
Gaudreau, whose squad will take on Union in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals April 10 in Philadelphia, leads the nation in scoring with 77 points in 39 games.
His 35 goals are tops in the country, as are his 42 assists.
Gaudreau’s line, centered by senior Bill Arnold with senior Kevin Hayes (a top 10 Hobey Baker finalist) on the right wing, has been the most prolific in the country. Since joining forces as a line on Dec. 6, they have generated 128 points, including 53 goals.
In the NCAA Northeast Regionals in Worcester, the trio combined for eight goals and 11 assists in victories over Denver and UMass-Lowell.
Gaudreau had a six-point game on Saturday night against the Pioneers, including his first career hat trick.
“Every day he comes out at practice or in a game and surprises you with something he can do,” said Arnold. “He just works really hard day in and day out. He’s just a special talent and getting the opportunity to play with him has been a really, really cool experience this year. If you’re asking me, I think he deserves the Hobey Baker.”
The winner will be announced on April 11, the day between the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals and championship game.