Prospect Ramblings – NHL faring of Hobey Baker Winners

Peter Harling

2016-08-21

Jack Eichel (USA Today Images)

Jack Eichel (USA Today Images)

Big news in the hockey world is hard to come by this time of year, and as a result we have all likely had enough of the now-finalized Jimmy Vesey soap opera. Congratulations to the New York Rangers. But what can they expect from the Hobey Baker winner? I’m going to take a look at players previously honored with the award and predict what fantasy owners can expect from the newest Blueshirt going forward. Below are the winners in each of the last 5 years and how they fared with their organizations:


 

2015: Jack Eichel

Result: Jumped to the NHL, scored 56 points in 81 games in a fantastic rookie season in which he earned Calder consideration. Not at all a realistic comparison to Vesey but it won’t stop some Rangers fans from bringing it up.


 

2014: Johnny Gaudreau

Result: Jumped to the NHL, tallied 64 points in 80 games and, like Eichel, was nominated for the Calder Trophy. As a winger who can score, there will inevitably be some expectations that Vesey finds the net in a similar fashion as Johnny Hockey has. But the Rangers have themselves a stronger presence in Vesey, not an ultra-talented playmaker/scorer.

 

These two most recent award winners are setting the bar prett