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Canadiens Prospect Report: NCAA Hobey Baker Class

Jakub Dobes Ohio State University

The Montreal Canadiens’ deep prospect pool has been making waves in the second half of the season. From some dominant performances in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) to making an impact in European professional leagues, Habs prospects have been getting noticed.

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Perhaps the most noticeable has been the NCAA prospects, especially those who are challenging for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in the NCAA. There are also a few other notable NCAA prospects, some of whom may be signing their entry-level contracts soon.

Lane Hutson – Defense (Boston University) 

Lane Hutson has had an amazing freshman season in the NCAA. Not only was he the first defenseman to win the Hockey East scoring title, but he was also the first freshman to do so since Jack Eichel, all while being named to the All-Rookie team.

The 18-year-old was also the top-scoring defenseman in the NCAA while finishing in the top 10 in scoring among all skaters across the NCAA with 12 goals and 32 assists for 44 points. This type of offensive output puts him ahead of players like Luke Hughes and Cale Makar as freshmen, making his performances this season even more impressive.  


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This type of impact, leading Boston University (BU) in points and on the blue line, helping BU to become one of the top-ranked programs in the NCAA this season has made him a Hobey Baker nominee and a legitimate threat to becoming one of the Top 10 finalists. Even if he doesn’t earn that, his season averaging 1.29 points as a freshman is one of the highest averages of any freshman defenseman in the last 30 years. Not bad for a second-round pick selected 62nd overall, proving that the only thing that caused him to slide was his size. 

Jakub Dobes – Goaltender (Ohio State University) 

With the Canadiens in search of their goaltender of the future, Jakub Dobes has had an impressive campaign, leading his team to the Big 10 Conference semifinals. He was one of nine semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award this season with a 2.33 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. He earned a 20-15-3 record, becoming one of the top goaltenders to ever play for Ohio State. He was also one of 35 nominees for the Hobey Baker Award. 

Jakub Dobes, Ohio State University (Photo/Jay LaPrete)

With his season finished, the 21-year-old does have the option of signing his entry-level contract (ELC) and joining the American Hockey League (AHL) Laval Rocket,…

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