Hi everyone. Thought I'd get the Kazmaier thread going. We always have a lot of good discussion here, and I hope that continues this year. Should be an interesting race this year at all levels of nominations. I think every post-Olympic year sets a new standard for the best Kazmaier runner-up ever, the best player not to make the top 3, and the best player not to make the top 10.
A few storylines of interest, besides who will win and make the top 3:
-- Will any defenseman make the top 10 this year? What might the position breakdown look like?
-- Which conference is most stacked with Kazmaier nominees? What might the conference breakdown look like?
-- Will any unheralded player (non-Olympian, non All-American) come out of nowhere this year and earn a top 10 spot or better? It's always been a criticism that past performance and reputation plays too large a role in this award process, but this is a good place to make a case for unheralded candidates.
That said, here are the heralded players this year -- just to give some idea of how much talent there is this season.
Vicki Bendus, Mercyhurst, 2010
Returning Top 3 Finalists
Meghan Agosta, Mercyhurst, 2007, 2008, 2009
Kim Martin, UMD, 2008
Noora Raty, Minnesota 2010
Jesse Scanzano, Mercyhurst 2010
Returning Top 10 Finalists
Rebecca Johnston, Cornell 2009
Hilary Knight, Wisconsin 2009
Monique Lamoureux UND (then Minnesota) 2009
Molly Schaus, Boston College 2009
Jenn Wakefield, BU (then UNH) 2009
Baily Bram, Mercyhurst 2010
Florence Schelling, Northeastern 2010
Past All-Americans (without prior Kaz nominations)
Kelli Stack, BC 2009
Jocelyne Larocque, UMD 2009
Sasha Sherry, Princeton 2009
Courtney Birchard, UNH 2010
Laura Fortino, Cornell 2010
Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell 2010
Catherine White, Cornell 2010
Anne Schleper, Minnesota 2010
Notable Olympians centralized last year
Marie Philip Poulin, BU
Catherine Ward, BU
Haley Irwin, UMD
Elin Holmlov, UMD
Pernilla Winberg, UMD
Jocelyne Lamoureux, UND
Meghan Duggan, Wisconsin
So there will be at least 17 past Olympians/All-Americans/Kaz Top 10 Nominees who will not make the top 10 this year. Wow.