Eichel among Hobey Hat Trick

Aaron Vickers2015 Draft Center

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is down to three finalists and 2015 NHL Draft eligible Jack Eichel is among them.

Joined by North Dakota junior goaltender Zane McIntyre and Harvard junior forward Jimmy Vesey, the three finalists were selected from the original list of 10 candidates by the 27-member selection committee and an additional round of online fan balloting.

Eichel is the first freshman Hobey candidate in 12 years and led the Nation in scoring. The 18-year-old had 24 goals and 67 points in just 38 games and was the Hockey East scoring champion, rookie of the year, player of the year, first team Hockey East all-star and a member of the all-rookie team.

The North Chelmsford, MA native was also named the most valuable player at the Hockey East playoff tournament and could become the first freshman to capture the Hobey Baker since University of Maine forward Paul Kariya in 1993.

Eichel also captained the US entry at the 2015 World Junior Championship, collecting a goal and three assists in five games.

He is currently ranked second in Future Considerations’ ranking for the 2015 NHL Draft.