Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman among three finalists for Hobey Baker Award

Ross Houston
April 5, 2020

Swayman, a fourth round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2017, finished up his junior season in Orono by playing over 2,000 minutes and leading the nation in saves (a school-record 1,099) with a 2.07 goals against average and a.939 save percentage (second in the country). He helped Minnesota Duluth win the NCAA Division I championship in 2018 and 2019 and agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Blues on March 27. This year there are three talented juniors who have staked their claim on why they should be named the most outstanding player in college hockey. The virus stopped the college hockey season right as conference tournaments were getting underway.

The Mike Richter Award for top goalie, Hockey Humanitarian Award, and All-Americans will also be revealed at that time.

The three finalists were selected from the initial list of top ten candidates by the 30-member selection committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year's Hobey Baker victor.

Swayman joins University of Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich and University of North Dakota forward Jordan Kawaguchi as the three finalists up for college hockey's top honor, which will be announced on April 11. Perunovich ranked second nationally in scoring by a defenseman (6-34-40), ranked second nationally among all skaters with 34 assists and tied for the NCAA lead with 22 power-play points. Kawaguchi recently announced he is returning to North Dakota for his senior season.

Perunovich, a 21-year-old junior who was selected by the Blues in the second round (No. 45) of the 2018 NHL Draft, led the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with 40 points (six goals, 34 assists) in 34 games. Kawaguchi also had a nation's-best 13 game-winning points, along with five game-winning goals, as the Fighting Hawks won the NCHC regular-season title and entered the postseason as the No. 1 team in the PairWise Ratings. This included a six-game point streak from October 25 to November 15 that saw him score three goals and eight assists.

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