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BCeagle
04-18-2010, 04:14 PM
BC and Maine look like obvious top-4 teams but Merrimack could be one of those teams. I suppose BU or UNH could be the other. Put in your top-4 surprises for next season.

Onion Man
04-18-2010, 04:25 PM
BC and Maine look like obvious top-4 teams but Merrimack could be one of those teams. I suppose BU or UNH could be the other. Put in your top-4 surprises for next season.

I think its too early to pick any conference, but since you asked:

1.) Boston College, assuming there are no early departures, will dominate.
2.) Maine will finish lower than second. They had a great run to finish the season, but they still struggled to make the Hockey East playoffs last year.
3.) Boston U. and UNH will not get home ice
4.) Providence will not finish last. UMass-Lowell will.

slurpees
04-18-2010, 04:31 PM
I think its too early to pick any conference, but since you asked:

1.) Boston College, assuming there are no early departures, will dominate.
2.) Maine will finish lower than second. They had a great run to finish the season, but they still struggled to make the Hockey East playoffs last year.
3.) Boston U. and UNH will not get home ice
4.) Providence will not finish last. UMass-Lowell will.

1. Sure, easy pick.
2. Definite? No, absolutely not. Nyquist is too good, but the Darling situation has to be resolved. There's a lot of talent up there.
3. Both have question marks. Who is UNH's goalie? And will BU's goalie(s) show up, which can also be said for the rest of the team, with a good recruiting class coming in. Again, not definite for either. UMass got killed by departures, Lowell lost a lot, Mack is good but how will they deal with teams not taking them lightly, Vermont is Vermont, pesky but inconsistent, NU apparently has some good freshman coming in. But no one else in the conference really stands out below the top 1 or 2 as definite home ice teams.
4. You're a fool.

BCeagle
04-18-2010, 04:33 PM
Hendricksen picked BC to be 8th last season and look what happen. BU is getting some good recruits and could surprise people with Nieto and Clendening.

Federal League
04-18-2010, 04:58 PM
I think its too early to pick any conference, but since you asked:

1.) Boston College, assuming there are no early departures, will dominate.
2.) Maine will finish lower than second. They had a great run to finish the season, but they still struggled to make the Hockey East playoffs last year.
3.) Boston U. and UNH will not get home ice
4.) Providence will not finish last. UMass-Lowell will.

1) They should, yes, but when was the last time anything went according to plan in HE? I'd still pick them first, though.
2) How did they struggle to make the playoffs? They were in the top 4 all season and were one of only 3 teams to have a spot clinched going into the final weekend. I'd pick them second.
3) I think at least one will. I see BU, UNH and Merrimack battling for 3-4-5. Wouldn't be shocked to see UVM or NU jump into that group, though.
4) Possibly. I see PC, UML and UMass battling for 8th. I don't think PC will be all that improved, but UML and UMass lose a lot.

Onion Man
04-18-2010, 05:26 PM
1. Sure, easy pick.
2. Definite? No, absolutely not. Nyquist is too good, but the Darling situation has to be resolved. There's a lot of talent up there.
3. Both have question marks. Who is UNH's goalie? And will BU's goalie(s) show up, which can also be said for the rest of the team, with a good recruiting class coming in. Again, not definite for either. UMass got killed by departures, Lowell lost a lot, Mack is good but how will they deal with teams not taking them lightly, Vermont is Vermont, pesky but inconsistent, NU apparently has some good freshman coming in. But no one else in the conference really stands out below the top 1 or 2 as definite home ice teams.
4. You're a fool.

Whats foolish about that? Lowell finished fifth and lost just about everyone. PC doesn't have much, but they do have most of their team returning.

mookie1995
04-18-2010, 05:30 PM
Hendricksen picked BC to be 8th last season and look what happen. BU is getting some good recruits and could surprise people with Nieto and Clendening.

"bu will finish 8th!" diamond dave

:D

BCeagle
04-18-2010, 05:32 PM
Whats foolish about that? Lowell finished fifth and lost just about everyone. PC doesn't have much, but they do have most of their team returning.

Beaudry is not a bad goalie the games I've seen him play but the rest of the team is not so good.

lilscootch
04-18-2010, 05:34 PM
Whats foolish about that? Lowell finished fifth and lost just about everyone. PC doesn't have much, but they do have Jon.( signed to a lifetime contract)

fixed your post ;)

UMLFan
04-18-2010, 05:37 PM
Whats foolish about that? Lowell finished fifth and lost just about everyone. PC doesn't have much, but they do have most of their team returning.
First, Lowell finished tied for third. Only in playoff seeding does "fifth" come into play.

Secondly, Lowell definitely lost a lot, but they're very high on the recruiting class (and there's a ton of them), and have some good players (hopefully) coming back as well including Edwards and Campbell. Saying that, I do think they're going to be fighting at the bottom of the league.

theprofromdover
04-18-2010, 05:38 PM
"bu will finish 8th!" diamond dave

:D

No, no! Dave has to pick BC to finish 8th again. :D

umassfan49
04-18-2010, 05:54 PM
Merrimack was terrible on the road last year and if that continues forget them finishing any higher than 6th. Their home record was also extremely good, we'll see if that continues next year. Braithwaite has left school also, so is Cannata really the guy you want in net every game?

mookie1995
04-18-2010, 05:56 PM
Merrimack was terrible on the road last year and if that continues forget them finishing any higher than 6th. Their home record was also extremely good, we'll see if that continues next year. Braithwaite has left school also, so is Cannata really the guy you want in net every game?

"Paging HokyDad! HokyDad, you are need in thread 17. HokyDad!!"

NUMcNeely
04-18-2010, 06:08 PM
bc will dominate. maine will be close behind.

uml/pc/umass will fight for 8th

the rest is a toss up, unh/bu/nu/uvm fill out the middle, i think the mack is just above those guys (if the rosters stay the same as of right now).

another tight year, home ice will once again come down to the final weekend.

Jon
04-18-2010, 06:17 PM
In PC's defense, there's no possible way they could be that bad again. Right?

Sigh.

BCeagle
04-18-2010, 06:20 PM
No, no! Dave has to pick BC to finish 8th again. :D

Did you go to the banquet?

BCeagle
04-18-2010, 06:23 PM
In PC's defense, there's no possible way they could be that bad again. Right?

Sigh.

I saw one game at the coffin last year, PC only lost 3-0. The potential is there for making the playoffs next season.

Carmine Scarpaglia
04-18-2010, 07:17 PM
Just looking at how they stack up, BC and Maine are probably 1 and 2 (and there's a huge gap between them in talent).

But...

- UNH always seems to kill it in the regular season. We all know what happens after that. Might there be another huge party in March in Durham?

- BC, let's be opposite, is the total opposite of UNH.

- I'm not necessarily drinking the Maine Kool Aid. On one hand they got into the HE final and went toe to toe with BC. On the other hand, they were almost knocked out on their home ice in the QFs.

- I really have no idea what to expect from UVM.

All in all Hockey East could be pretty average/bad next year once again.

Onion Man
04-18-2010, 07:27 PM
I think Maine is going to have a better record than last year, but won't get a sniff near the top of the standings. It may be Boston College and everyone else next year.

BCeagle
04-18-2010, 07:31 PM
I think Maine is going to have a better record than last year, but won't get a sniff near the top of the standings. It may be Boston College and everyone else next year.

Hopefully they won't fall from the face of the earth like in 2009 and likewise BU in 2010.