It all comes down to goaltending. If Swayman plays like a top three goalie in Hockey East, he has the potential to carry this team to a solid season.
I would love to see them steal at least one game from BU, UML and NU. That's a tall task especially playing on the road for two of those series, but if they manage to do that they're really going to put themselves in a position where they could carry some momentum into December.
The key is going to be this: they have to take care of UConn, Merrimack and Vermont. A team like this absolutely has to beat the teams they should beat if they want to enjoy an extended season.
Not ready to crown them yet but they look decent. These next couple weekends are huge, need at least 3 wins over the next 6 games. BU's had quite a few injuries to impact players so might be an opportunity to steal some points this weekend.
The next two weekends are the most important of the season in my opinion. When I look at Hockey East, I see a clear top 4 (BC, PC, NU, MA), a middle three (ME, ML, BU), and a bottom 4 (NH, VT, MC, CT). 2 wins out of the next 4 should be the ground floor IMO. Both BU and UML are beatable, and getting some W's in the books against other teams in the middle of the conference should be huge.
Maine has averaged 3 GPG, exactly, and has allowed 2.67 GPG.
That's a very fine line, obviously, and Swayman has to continue to be All-World going forward if Maine is going to have any kind of a shot at the NCAA's.
As good as he's been, I doubt that he can carry this team on his back for this entire season.
That means Jeremy Swayman can do commercials for the local construction firm ("Like a brick wall!")Quote:
The NCAA is finally embracing “change” and starting the process of allowing student-athletes to profit off of their name, image and likeness, the organization announced on Tuesday.
“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” Board of Governors chairman and president of Ohio State University Michael V. Drake said in a statement. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”
I could see this helping Maine ..... a fanbase that actually buys merch could pay guys more than a team that doesnt?
If the big money Big Ten type schools that pour money from their profits into hockey now have to give that money to their QBs instead of their assistant hockey trainers, maybe that helps level the playing field too?
We sure as shootin aren’t gonna be able to pay players so lets hope so
As of today, the NCAA is "considering" this concept "within the framework of existing collegiate athletics".
I paraphrase, but it's clear that this is yet another stall-tactic... More of the same lip service while the NCAA brass and the TV outlets continue to line their pockets.
This addition is chilling
If scholarships are taxable income that's the end of athletics.Quote:
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said scholarship money received by college athletes who take endorsement money should be treated — and taxed — like income.
“If college athletes are going to make money off of their likeness while in school, their scholarships should be treated like income,” Burr said over Twitter. He said plans to introduce legislation that taxes scholarships for college athletes who choose to “cash in.”
This is just a do nothing committee formed by the NCAA to win the news cycle. They are still fighting the California law (which goes further, btw) tooth and nail.