2006-07: Hobbs skated in all 60 games for the USHL's Ohio Blue Jackets and scored 10 goals with 11 assists and 36 PMs. Hobbs had a -28 plus/minus as the Blue Jackets won just 13 games. He was selected by the Rangers in the 7th Round (198th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. Hobbs committed to playing college hockey at Massachusetts in 2008-09.
2007-08: Hobbs scored 15 goals with 16 assists in 56 games for the Blue Jackets in his second USHL season. Despite a 15-point improvement, Ohio finished in fifth place in the East and missed the playoffs in the new eight-team format. Hobbs' plus/minus (-5) was much improved from the previous season and he had 22 PMs.
2008-09: Hobbs skated in 24 of 39 games for the University of Massachusetts as a freshman. Hobbs scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 with 20 PMs in a lower line role with the Minutemen, who finished seventh in Hockey East.
2009-10: Hobbs played in 33 of 36 games for Massachusetts as a sophomore as the Minutemen tied Merrimack for sixth in Hockey East. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was -4 with 12 PMs.
2010-11: Hobbs was Massachusetts' leading scorer as a junior – as the Minutemen were forced to play many underclassmen. Massachusetts finished eighth in Hockey East and reached the conference tournament despite winning just eight games. Hobbs, seeing significant power play time for the first time, scored 5 of his 12 goals on the power play and had 16 assists. He was +4 despite the Minutemen's sub-500 record and had 20 PMs.
Hobbs is a character two-way forward, who is very fit. He has offensive upside, but needs to continue to develop his game.
Hobbs did not get much ice-time at U Mass this year. Once he gets more, he will need to show the Rangers that he truly has professional potential.