Although Northeastern’s first game is still (just) five days away, the 2018-19 college hockey season has officially opened, so it’s time for a new season thread for the “New Breed” Huskies.
Lamentable as it may be to some, the old red-eyed “Devil Dog” has been retired after 30 years or so of faithful service, replaced by a bigger, apparently determined “New Breed” husky that does not have bloodshot eyes (yet) and can appear either in profile (uniform logos) or standing (center ice logo), along with a host of uniform design changes. [BTW, the retired Devil Dog reserves the right to make occasional appearances when the red “special occasion” uniforms are worn.]
This year’s team is also a new breed, taking the ice without the Big Three for the first time in three seasons. And taking the new breed theme even further, the strength of this year’s team is defense and goaltending rather than prolific scoring. My own take is that, assuming the defense and goaltending come as advertised, the scoring will take care of itself. So losing the Big Three may not be a bad thing if it opens the door to more distributed and consistent scoring among the returning vets, incoming transfers, and highly touted freshmen.
Both the media and coaches pre-season polls have the New Breed projected for a fourth place finish, which seems fair and reasonable. The potential to move up is there provided the scoring shows up, as is the potential to move down if defense and goaltending don't live up to expectations. The ups and downs will be there but it should be another great ride.