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SkinsFan09
09-03-2012, 03:58 PM
Another Hockey East season is upon us fellas.

Pre-seasson thoughts, concerns, projections, expectations and of course, where do you think the 10 squads will finish.

Scarlet
09-03-2012, 06:01 PM
Another Hockey East season is upon us fellas.

*cough*

Split-N
09-03-2012, 08:28 PM
You just can't outrun the PC Police, can you? [And for those who've been living in another dimension, PC doesn't refer to a college in Rhode Island]

carltonbarrett
09-03-2012, 08:48 PM
All the top teams except for UML suffered heavy losses due to graduation, pros, etc, but I still think that BC returns the most proven talent with guys like Mullane, Gaudreau, Arnold, Hayes, Whitney, Milner, Wey, etc and will also be able to plug some obvious holes with top end recruits like Matheson & Vatrano. So I'd put BC at #1, then would think 2-5 is a toss-up between BU, UML, UNH and Maine. Rounding out 6-10 would go with MC, NU, UMASS, PC and UVM in that order.

Ryecheers
09-03-2012, 08:52 PM
*cough*

After 23, 000+ posts, you're entitled to more respect than "fella" Would you prefer posters and postesses?

This season we will see a top 4 or 5 team from last year struggle. We will also a bottom four team earn home ice. BC won't dominate until January (nothing new here). bu will disappoint its fans by failing to make the Garden. Lowell can't possibly meet the goals its fans have set for them, as they expect to appear in the final four at a minimum and to take it all in 2014. Providence will improve further especially if Gillies is as advertised. If he isn't, which is quite possible, they will still have the ability to score a lot to win. NU have some firepower, but will have to depend on a lot of new faces on D in front of an experienced goalie. Maine lost a ton of scoring and their goalkeeping is mediocre. Merrimack will need to play clean to avoid spending 20+ minutes/game on the penalty kill trying to protect their inexperienced goalkeeping. UNH will be pretty good, but not great, as they no longer have Moses to the winner's circle. UMass' charming fanbase will turn on their own team. Coed will refuse to party with players. Several will leave school at the Christmas break citing frustration and deprivation. without being specific. In Burlington it will snow in September and October and rain for the rest of the winter.

It is written. So it shall it be.

jjmc85
09-03-2012, 09:17 PM
Just like every other year in recent memory, a majority of posters will predict that UMass will miss the Hockey East Playoffs. Just like every other year in recent memory, they will be wrong.

BC/HE
09-03-2012, 09:19 PM
BC-King until dethroned.
UML- no you will not finish first.
PC-on the way up.
BU-a date with BC in the semis.
UNH-you really can't break up that BC-BU game.
NU-Hounds deserve better than they have received lately.
MC-that puts someone else lower.
ME- Goodbye Timmay, last game in Quarters at Conte.
UMA-tie with UVM.
UVM-tie with UMA as the coaches think alike and know each other too well.

SkinsFan09
09-04-2012, 08:00 AM
*cough*

And ladies!

irishfan85
09-04-2012, 09:43 AM
1 Boston College: Until proven otherwise, they are the kings. Best coach, most talent, enough said.
2 Lowell: Much of the team is back from last year, good goaltending, sound defense.
3 Boston University: Talent will prevail as long as one or both of rookie goaltenders step up.
4 New Hampshire: Casey DeSmith caught fire second half, team almost made it to Garden, momentum will carry Wildcats back to home ice.
5 Providence: Gillies should upgrade goaltending, good coach, will take advantage of weak bottom half of league.
6 Maine: Goaltending should be a little better. Black Bears lost a lot of talent, but even so have more offensive firepower than teams below them.
7 Merrimack: Team defense will still be good with nucleuous of D minus Stollery returning. Goaltending will see drop off. Where the offense will come from is huge question, too.
8 Northeastern: Can Rawlings be more consistent and not let up the softies? If he can, NU could slide to 6th, but I'm not sold on him being reliable.
9 UMass: New coach, not much talent outside Pereira and Sheary on offense.
10 Vermont: Could be better, but not enough talent to see them much higher.

The Zlax45
09-04-2012, 11:11 PM
Anyone that has PC in the bottom four teams really hasn't done their research...They have the top drafted incoming freshman skater and I believe the top drafted college goalie coming in...They will be better I think...

fr0zn-4
09-04-2012, 11:27 PM
I agree ZLax, PC is definitely going to surprise some people. I hope those freshmen stay a few years. Heres what I got:

1) BC - Best team in Hockey East, favorite to win the Nat'l Championship again
2) UML - Didn't lose much and Carr is a beauty. Hope those fans keep filling the Tsongas.
3) BU - Always on top and have some good freshmen coming in
4) PC - Great freshmen class, this team is going to be impressive, especially in the 2nd half
5) UNH - After looking at their lines, they may slip lower than 5. Where did all the talent go?
6) Maine - Their goaltending will keep them in games, unlike they did from years past. This has got to be Timmy's last year though, right?
7) Northeastern - Hey! Freshmen are actually going to show up for Northeastern (Gaudreau and Gillies) with the Roy brothers!
8) Merrimack - Where did Stephane DaCosta and Joe Cannata go? Please turn down the music in this old barn. Hurts my ears. Seriously, turn down the music.
9) UMass - New coaches... but I expect Tiefenwerth to make an impact, especially in those games against BC
10) UVM - Umm... yeah.

irishfan85
09-04-2012, 11:48 PM
Anyone that has PC in the bottom four teams really hasn't done their research...They have the top drafted incoming freshman skater and I believe the top drafted college goalie coming in...They will be better I think...

I don't see anyone here who has them in bottom 4?

The Zlax45
09-05-2012, 12:20 AM
All the top teams except for UML suffered heavy losses due to graduation, pros, etc, but I still think that BC returns the most proven talent with guys like Mullane, Gaudreau, Arnold, Hayes, Whitney, Milner, Wey, etc and will also be able to plug some obvious holes with top end recruits like Matheson & Vatrano. So I'd put BC at #1, then would think 2-5 is a toss-up between BU, UML, UNH and Maine. Rounding out 6-10 would go with MC, NU, UMASS, PC and UVM in that order.


I was talking about this post!

MCgrad07
09-05-2012, 12:57 PM
BC - the team to beat in HE and in the nation.
UML - strong goaltending and experience help the river hawks.
BU - always there in the end and this year is no different.
PC - great class coming in mixed in with a garden group and another year with the coach.
UNH- emergence in net last year gives UNH nod over Maine.
Maine- more fire power than the teams below but some questions in Orono.
Northeastern- equal to Merrimack up front better in net.
Merrimack - too many questions in net and consistent scoring still a downfall.
U Mass- could be a surprise and make the playoffs but new coach and changes will be too much.
Vermont- will be better than people think. Scoring is a major issue and offseason didn't help.

UMLFan
09-05-2012, 01:00 PM
Lowell can't possibly meet the goals its fans have set for them, as they expect to appear in the final four at a minimum and to take it all in 2014. While we're extremely excited for this year, and deservedly so, I don't think any fans have said anything like this.

SkinsFan09
09-05-2012, 02:11 PM
Does Gaudreau win Hockey East POTY?

sterlippo1
09-05-2012, 02:36 PM
Top 4 in no particular order UML,PC,BC,BU in the Garden........It will be interesting to see what Dennehy does with Mack this year and if Umile can get a bounce back to familiar territory for the Wildcats. Wither Maine? i dunno............and jjmc85, please, not at BC again for the quarters, ok? ......... NU? wait a year until your monster recruiting class comes in 2013

jjmc85
09-05-2012, 02:45 PM
jjmc85, please, not at BC again for the quarters, ok? ........

Fourth time's the charm.

sterlippo1
09-05-2012, 03:38 PM
Fourth time's the charm.

it goes something like that;), good luck this year, just go somewhere else for the QF's:)

Patman
09-05-2012, 03:47 PM
While we're extremely excited for this year, and deservedly so, I don't think any fans have said anything like this.

Nor should we rule out such things... I think anywhere from 2-5th is reasonable I'd personally ballpark the NCAAs at a 60-75% proposition... and hell, if we make it that far, let's shoot for the moon.

I also don't think players develop nearly as much as we'd like to think. I'm not going to start making claims about "Frozen Four" appearances unless our new goalie and our freshman go out and play out of their minds right away.