2011-12 All-CHN Teams
CHN Staff Report
PRINCETON, N.J. At College Hockey News, we often find ourselves at odds with at least some of the Hobey finalists when choosing our annual All-CHN team. But this year, it was hard to argue with the top six on the First Team, all of which are finalists for college hockey's most prestigious individual honor.
While other players had quality goal numbers, the senior-laden front line consists of two of the best playmakers to come around college hockey in quite a while — Minnesota-Duluth's Jack Connolly and Maine's Spencer Abbott, the nation's top point producer. They are complemented by the nation's top goal scorer, Colgate's Austin Smith, who with 36 hit the highest total of any ECAC player since Todd White of Clarkson in 1997. Smith leads the nation in shorthanded goals, too, and was a plus-25 on a team that was just over .500.
The defense is a pair of juniors — Wisconsin's Justin Schultz, who dominates offensively, and Boston College's Brian Dumoulin, who dominates defensively. Each pitches in quite nicely, as well, on the respective other side of the ice.
Senior goalie Shawn Hunwick leaves quite a legacy behind at Michigan. He filled in towards the end of his junior season, and then was expected to give way to big-name recruit Jack Campbell in 2010-11. But Campbell walked away from his commitment to go to Major Junior, and it was all Hunwick last season, as he helped Michigan get to the national championship game. He then came back this year as a fifth-year senior when highly-touted John Gibson also backed out of his commitment. He leaves as Michigan's all-time top goaltender in goals against average.
On the First Team, only Dumoulin is still playing, with BC headed to the Frozen Four.
On the Second Team, only Union sophomore goalie Troy Grosenick has that distinction. He's second in the nation in goals against and save percentage.
The other sophomore on the list is North Dakota's Brock Nelson, who finished with 28 goals. He's joined by Miami's Reilly Smith and fellow junior Drew Shore of Denver. Both Smith and Shore each signed NHL deals Monday, foregoing their senior seasons.
Juniors Torey Krug of Michigan State and Danny Biega of Harvard round out the Second Team. Krug, a Hobey finalists and CCHA Player of the Year, also signed a pro deal, signing with Boston as a free agent after his team's exit from the NCAAs last weekend.
(Note: CHN has previously announced Coach of the Year - Norm Bazin, Mass.-Lowell - and Rookie of the Year - Joey LaLeggia, Denver. Player of the Year will be announced later this week).
F Jack Connolly, Sr., Minnesota-Duluth
F Spencer Abbott, Sr., Maine
F Austin Smith, Sr., Colgate
D Justin Schultz, Jr., Wisconsin
D Brian Dumoulin, Jr., Boston College
G Shawn Hunwick, Sr., Michigan
F Brock Nelson, So., North Dakota
F Reilly Smith, Jr., Miami
F Drew Shore, Jr., Denver
D Torey Krug, Jr., Michigan State
D Danny Biega, Jr., Harvard
G Troy Grosenick, So., Union
F Kyle Rau, Minnesota
F Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College
F Scott Wilson, Mass.-Lowell
D Joey LaLeggia, Denver
D Patrick McNally, Harvard
G Frank Slubowski, Western Michigan