Dylan Sikura Named Hobey Baker Candidate

On Monday the fan vote component to determine the finalists for the 2018 Hobey Baker Award was released. Blackhawks prospect and Northeastern forward Dylan Sikura is on the list.

You can vote on Facebook.

The 22-year-old forward has 12 goals and 18 assists in 19 games at Northeastern this season after posting 57 points in 38 games a year ago.

Sikura is expected to sign with the Blackhawks and immediately join the NHL club when his college career ends later this spring.

23 thoughts on “Dylan Sikura Named Hobey Baker Candidate

  1. We can use him!! Likely by the time Hawks come back from their “much needed and well deserved break” , they will be back in the basement of the Central division!!

  2. Does the Hobey Baker award winner really matter? Seems every time the Hawks get one they’re a bust. I may be wrong, but it seems that way. Hope I’m wrong.

  3. The last 4 have been productive/possible stars but most before haven’t come close.
    Good to have another skilled skater.

  4. Good news; The Black Hawks are going to move Svedberg to wing and is going to camp in front of the net on the power play.

  5. Great, another under-sized forward. Bowman got something against having bigger, physical, skilled forwards? We all know Q hates any kind of physical game whatsoever. Until they start getting bigger, this team is done contending.

  6. Before anyone gets too excited over Sikura I would recommend they look @ the Northeastern hockey website and then tell us what they think.

  7. How many college players like this have the Hawks signed and have made a difference upon immediate insertion into the lineup? If memory serves correct, even though he didn’t come straight out of college (it was Jrs, same premise), Roenick in the late 80’s signed with the Hawks late in the season and actually made an instant impact on the team.

    I’m sure Tab or someone else could compile a very long list of guys in the last almost 30 years since Roenick that were the anointed one and did diddly squat. If this guy has anywhere Roenick’s ability and work ethic, I’m all in. Otherwise, give me a break, please.

  8. re: Does the Hobey Baker award winner really matter?

    2017 – Will Butcher – already making an impact
    2016 – Jimmy Vesey – off to a nice start w/ the Rangers
    2015 – Jack Eichel – good NHL player
    2014 – Johnny Gaudreau – good NHL player
    2013 – Drew LeBlanc – sad trombone

    So, to answer the question – yes. The winner of the Hobey Baker does matter. But it isn’t always the best pro prospect. Just as the Heisman isn’t a guarantee of NFL stardom.

  9. DeBrincat wasn’t on world juniors roster as well and he turned out pretty good. Oh he’s still developing. Jockeru doesn’t look to shabby as well.

  10. re: Sikura – he was one of 2 college players invited to Hockey Canada’s pre-Olympic camp. He’s got elite skill. I know it’s easy to piss on guys coming out of college because crying is easier than rational discussion at this point in a mediocre Blackhawks season, but can we please take a moment for some common sense?

    How many college players have the Blackhawks drafted/signed under Bowman who have done something in Chicago/the NHL?

    Nick Schmaltz – world of potential. Having a nice season.
    John Hayden – jury still out but there’s a lot to like in his game
    Vinnie Hinostroza – played college hockey & people here seem to like his game
    Tanner Kero – I think he’s a solid 3-4 center (somewhere else)
    Trevor van Riemsdyk – signed w/ the Hawks out of college. not everyone agreed on him but he is a solid defenseman.

    Anthony Louis, Luc Snuggerud, Matheson Iacopelli & Luke Johnson are currently in Rockford.

    Still Coming
    Sikura
    Dennis Gilbert – big, strong defenseman at Notre Dame
    Ian Mitchell – looks like the real deal at Denver
    Chad Krys – solid defenseman at Boston U
    Blake Hillman – nice defenseman, also at Denver

    College players who left
    Stephen Johns – was traded before he was able to get to the NHL but he’s a solid defenseman in Dallas (when healthy)
    Tyler Motte – also traded away before he got too much run but he’s had his moments w/ Columbus
    Kevin Hayes – drafted by Bowman but didn’t sign. Has been nice for the Rangers.

  11. That’s a nice list of players, but is non-responsive to my query. I asked, in pertinent portion, re: who has made — since Roenick — an instant impact upon being signed late in the season and placed into the Hawks’ lineup immediately? The answer is no one in the past nearly three decades.

    I am not disputing (nor complaining) that Bowman has drafted and signed some decent collegiate players, he absolutely has; my point is completely different, it has nothing to do with Bowman: nearly every year, regardless of the Hawks’ level of play, there is a collegiate savior out there, i.e. knight in shining armor, that the blogs and/or beat writers pump up that will allegedly jump in on the fly out of college and change the complexion of the team/the Hawks’ fortunes. That simply hasn’t been the case. I don’t see D. Sikura changing this narrative.

    Aside from LeBlanc, Carey, and even Hayden last year, there was hysteria a few years ago re: Kevin Hayes and if he would sign with the Hawks right after his college season ended; of course, we know he didn’t and it was a dead issue.

    As a related aside, Hayes — as Q likes to say — has been “OK”, I don’t think he has scored over 20 goals in a season yet, and moreover, he has been a huge disappointment in the playoffs. I watch the Rangers play a lot, he hasn’t scored that many more goals than Sharp this year. DeBrincat has a far higher upside than Hayes, Bowman deserves the kudos re: him as well as many others, even a free agent like Highmore who deserves a shot if the Hawks don’t get their act together very soon.

    Find me the scoring forward or lockdown D man version of Ken Dryden, circa ’71, for Bowman to sign in the next four to six weeks, and we’re in business. Thank you.

  12. Ken Dryden was a Hall of Fame Cup winning goalie. Find a hall of fame defensive defenseman or scoring forward? As a college free agent? I am not sure there has ever been either one of those.

  13. Mike – exactly. We get all excited like a kid leading up to Xmas RE: “oh the Hawks are gonna sign ______________ (fill in the name) after his college season ends, he’s great, he’s gonna slot in the top nine/top four, all of our problems are solved….” So nevermind Hall of Fame, how about above serviceable, someone that can contribute immediately to make the team better? No one has done that since Roenick.

  14. HEREISMIKE about that impact player out of college free agent. Impact players college or otherwise are very very rare.
    You have to go back a bit possible before your time.
    Three time first team All-American (freshman could not play varsity then), NCAA Champaign team, played three games for Habs. and cut after season (had another player coming from college). The next season he was picked up and IMPACT!
    Hints:
    Goalie, that player he was cut for Dryden.
    Catches right-handed.
    First full NHL season, Rookies of the Year, 15 shout outs, first of many Vezina’s, and second to Orr for MVP.
    First NHL goalie to wear #35.
    In that NHL vs. the Red Army (Olympic team) his stats were better than both Dryden’s and the Russian, but he only had one win.
    Played for Both Team Canadian & The USA.
    Some rate him as franchises best Goalies ever.
    Is that enough impact?
    Extra, first NHL game with Habs. 2-2 tie, Big Brother scores both against him.
    Yes, he is/was a Hawk!!!

    As for forwards and defense, how about Cliff Korral and Keith Magnuson from D.U. or a guy named Keith from MSU?

  15. Toot Tony O and Korral played in minors for a year or two not directly to nhl so didn’t impact right away.

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