Call me a homer, but I can't see how you have BC any lower than 3rd or maybe 4th, regardless of their losses, especially on defense. And their comment about where the scoring is going to come from is pretty foolish when you consider they return 4 forwards who had 36 or more points. I see they didn't even have BC in their pre-season top 10 last year, so just more proof of how clueless they really are.....
Last edited by carltonbarrett; 06-03-2012 at 02:54 PM.
INCH has taken a surprising downturn in the past few years. The staff used to be very knowledgeable and kept their reports free of bias. Now I think they hired a bunch of BU fanboys to take over. Disappointing.
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Yep. Sounds about right.
I'm not taking any stock in this. If you look at the 10 for '12 article, only one FF team made the top 10 ( or 26 ), and three of them (including #2) didn't even make the tournament.
Personally, I'd go with something like:
Minnesota is ranked too high.
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And while the Gophers lose Patterson, they're returning everyone defensively, as well as adding two blue chip defensive recruits.
I wouldn't go so far as to say Minnesota should be a preseason lock at #1. One could probably make a convincing argument that a handful of teams could be in that spot. But Minnesota is certainly one of them. To say otherwise is absurd.
UW has no proven goaltending, some good playmakers but few true goalscorers (at this level), few key upperclassmen and no Justin Smith. A team that struggled to crack the top ten of the WCHA shouldn't be considered a top ten in the country
I think Cornell is poised to overtake Union as the token ECAC team in the top 10. Cornell came within 2 points in the ECAC standings this year, and if not for an inexplicable inability to beat the 10th best ECAC team, would have been clear of them by 2 points. Both Cornell and Union return a lot, but several of Cornell's key returnees are rising sophomores, who often make a bigger jump than rising juniors and seniors. Union had a good season, but their 32-point finish in the ECAC is well below the 34.6 point average for first place, and nowhere near the "special" teams (Harvard '89, Cornell '03, etc), so I don't see them as a lock for the national top 10 at all.
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I like how they hedge their pick of Minnesota by starting off with the words "Assuming Bjugstad returns for his junior season instead of going pro". It does seem a little high of a ranking for me, but this far away from the start of the season I think anyone besides the defending national champ ranked # 1 is a stretch. Also Minnesota has a goalie issue that needs to be resolved before they can start thinking national championship, but they should be a top 5 team come October when final pre-season rankings are released from the various outlets. Also I think that BC as #6 is far to low, especially when they are returning the same goalie who shut down the #1 ranked gophers returning arsenal of scoring power. All that being said I hope that in 10 months we can say that INCH said it first, but for now they are just raising the expectations of gopher fans who are so hungry for another title. Hopefully the team is putting as much effort in this off season as they did last summer.
The Gophers deserve to be in the discussion. Whether or not they get the goaltending to make a run at a title this year remains to be seen, but the Gophers should be strong on the blue line and down right scary offensively.
I guess I just don't know who you'd put at #1 instead? Who doesn't seem "too high" at #1?
Last edited by mnstate0fhockey; 06-04-2012 at 01:53 PM.
Didn't the Gophers win with Adam freakin Hauser? Goaltending doesn't matter!
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