#17 – Rensselaer Engineers
Points: 100.723 Points
Points Earned in 2016-2017: -0.6296 (Rank: 57)
Points Earned in Past Five Seasons: 2.1623 (Rank: 37)
Last Season Ranking: #17
The Engineers suffered through a historically poor season in 2016-17, winning only 8 games; the last RPI team with 8 wins was the 1969-1970 team. RPI finished 11th in the ECAC, then was swept by Clarkson in the first round of the playoffs. Coach Seth Appert was fired at the conclusion of the season, and Dave Smith was hired away from Canisius to take over.
The Engineers lose their top scorer to graduation, but the following 9 scorers all return. Rensselaer also returns both sophomore goaltenders from last year. RPI will be hoping to move up the ECAC standings, at least to get home ice in the first round. They haven't made the ECAC Final Four since 2002, and will hope to end that streak as well. – drshoen