Scott Perunovich has officially done it all in college hockey. Win a national championship? check. Win another the next season? yup did that too. And now he can add the Hobey Baker, which is awarded to the top player in college hockey, to his repertoire. John Buccigross made the announcement on ESPN on Saturday night.
The Blues 2nd round draft pick in 2018 was a game changer in both his freshmen and sophomore seasons, helping the Bulldogs win two national championships and competing for a third this year if the NCAA season didn't get cancelled. Last time a team won 3 straight? The 1950's. So I think there were some special players on this Duluth team over the past few season, and none more special than Perunovich who finished this season with 40 points in 34 games. Over a point per game as a defenseman, is that good?
There is zero question this kid can play at the NHL level, right? I mean I think it's virtually impossible to have a better resume than Perunovich has coming out of college and anyone who has seen the kid play for half a shift knows his game will translate well to the NHL. While he's not the biggest dude in the world, at 5'10'', I don't really think size is something you need to worry about for defensemen anymore. Torey Krug, Quinn Hughes, Jared Spurgeon...you don't need to be big to be an effective NHL dman. Perunovich has some wheels too, so the Blues have nothing to worry about.