The 2011-12 NCAA season featured many excellent forwards, a number of whom have already begun their professional careers. The 10 players listed below are among them and have yet to sign pro contacts. Most, if not all, will likely return to their respective collegiate teams this fall.
Austin Smith was one of the three "Hobey Hat Trick" finalists this year after a sensational season in which he led the nation in goal scoring with 36 and finishing third with 57 points (36 goals, 21 assists) in 39 games with the Colgate Raiders. Smith's excellent senior campaign earned him numerous honors, including the ECAC Player of the Year and a selection to the All-America East First team.
Sophomore Isaac MacLeod is the youngest among Boston College's top six defensemen this season. He is also the lone underclassman on the Eagles blue line. The San Jose Sharks prospect has been paired with senior Edwin Shea for much of the season. MacLeod has played in all 44 games thus far for Boston College and has posted six points (all assists).
University of Minnesota-Duluth senior Jack Connolly was named the winner of the 2012 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player. Connolly, who was also named the WCHA Player of the Year and the 2011-12 recipient of the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, finished the season second in the nation in scoring with 60 points (20 goals, 40 assists) playing in all 41 games for the Bulldogs. He was the first ever Minnesota-Duluth player to be named a Hobey Baker Award Top Ten finalist twice, after being named a finalist last year as well. Connolly finishes his stellar Minnesota-Duluth career with 197 points (66 goals, 131 assists) playing in a school-record 166 games.
Spencer Abbott just concluded an excellent senior season where he led the nation in scoring with 62 points (21 goals, 42 assists) in 39 games at the University of Maine. In addition to being named a "Hobey Hat Trick" finalist, he was also named the Hockey East Player of the Year and was recently selected to the All-America East First team.
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