Andrew Poturalski has joined the professional ranks, but a big collegiate moment may await him.
The 22-year-old from Williamsville has been named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top NCAA player. Poturalski finished second in the nation in scoring with 52 points in 37 games for the University of New Hampshire. He recorded 22 goals and 30 assists while leading the NCAA with 24 power-play points.
Poturalski, an undrafted free agent, signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes last week. He has one goal in three games with their American Hockey League affiliate in Charlotte.
Another finalist for the Hobey is JT Compher, a former second-round draft pick by the Sabres who was traded to Colorado as part of the Ryan O’Reilly deal. Compher leads the nation with 39 assists in 34 games and has added 13 goals for Michigan. He is second in plus/minus ratio at plus-35.
A 27-member selection committee and fan votes (HobeyBaker.com) submitted Thursday through March 27 will thin the field to three. The winner will be announced April 8.