With months ahead of guys deciding to go pro or to the CHL, this is more useless then usual.
"I went over the facts in my head, and admired how much uglier the situation had just become. Over the years I've learned that ignorance is more than just bliss. It's freaking orgasmic ecstasy".- Harry Dresden, Blood Rites
Western Michigan Bronco Hockey- 2012 Mason Cup Champions
1. Barry Melrose
2. Bruce McLeod
4. Multi-overtime college lacrosse games
5. Bubba Watson
i'm not going to click that link because you are a fool, but here is my top 10 as of april 8th
my very premature preseason top 10
1- minnesota (assume haula, rau, bjustad stay)
2- notre dame
3- western michigan
4- Boston College (assume kreider, dumoulin leave)
7- North Dakota
“Unless you’re Boston College, you don’t get here every year.”
Pinhead Nation: "gone" but not forgotten
Hockey East Champions: 1987, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012Originally Posted by shrader
National Champions: 1949, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2012
1. Boston College
3. North Dakota
5. Western MI
10. Notre Dame
15. Ferris State
16. Air Force
With the NHL nipping at the Sophomores and Juniors and the CHL nipping at the college recruits, there are many question marks amongst these teams. It's going on about the 5th year of the NHL signing 25-30 players each spring/summer with eligibility remaining, and the teams above clearly reflect that with less star power than teams from the mid-2000's. That allows for teams like Ferris State and Lowell to retain experienced and mature upperclassmen to surprise and make big impacts.
While I am a UNION fan, I see Cornell as a well deserved top 5, if they can find the leadership. This year I thought they clearly had the "raw" talent to make the final 4 but lacked the player leadership. The embarrassing loses cost them the Cleary Cup and a shot at the ECAC Championship. They had the talent to beat Ferris State. Last year they seem to have come up short on "Will". Union only looses 5 but they were the team leaders. The ECAC will be very competitive next year as well and the teams that make it to the top will be in the low 30's. Brown, Princeton, RPI, Clarkson, Saint Lawrence, Dartmouth, QP, Harvard all improve. If some of the players on the Cornell team step up, I see them as a Frozen Four.
My Top 15
2. Notre Dame
3. North Dakota
8. W. Michigan
11. Ohio State
14. UMass Lowell
15. Michigan State
J Dubbs has some sorta ranking system where the Gophers are tops?!? Who could have seen that coming?
Last edited by SCSU Euro; 04-15-2012 at 05:26 PM.
Why do you guys even take the bait? Everyone knows that BC was in a different class than anyone else this year and while they no doubt do lose some key players, they return their starting Goalie, who was the Tourney MVP I might add, and 12 of their 18 skaters, many of which had close to, or over 40 points this year. Add to that several blue chip recruits and you'd have to be delusional to think they're at least not top 5 material.
I disagree. I think they rode an insanely hot goaltender who was playing way above his skill level this season. He'll fall back to the mean next season. And with the departures and graduations they've had, I don't think they'll make the tourney next year. And if they do, it will be as a bubble team.
....and yet MN, who has NO goalie and whose returning players didn't even show up in the FF are going to be #1, yup, that's the ticket
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