Scott Perunovich, a St. Louis Blues defenseman prospect, won the Hobey Baker Award on Saturday.
The junior from the University of Minnesota Duluth was voted the top men’s player in NCAA ice hockey this season over finalists Jeremy Swayman, a Boston Bruins goalie prospect from the University of Maine; and Jordan Kawaguchi, a forward from the University of North Dakota.
“I’m extremely honored and humbled to be this year’s Hobey Baker Award recipient,” Perunovich said after the announcement was made on ESPN. “Five other [Minnesota Duluth players] have won this coveted award before me, so it’s just a privilege to join them.”
Perunovich, a 21-year-old junior who was selected by the Blues in the second round (No. 45) of the 2018 NHL Draft, agreed to a two-year, entry-level NHL contract March 27.
He was second among NCAA defensemen with 40 points (six goals, 34 assists) in 34 games, three behind Nashville Predators prospect David Farrance (Boston University). Perunovich’s 34 assists were second among NCAA players, eight behind Vegas Golden Knights forward prospect Jonathan Dugan (Providence), and his 22 power-play points (three goals, 19 assists) were tied with Dugan for the NCAA lead. Perunovich was the first defenseman to lead the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in scoring (32 points; four goals, 28 assists).