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    ECAC Hockey 2010-2011

    Conference play is 2 months away and I'm starting to get a bit impatient so I wanted to know what the rest of the ECAC people think about the upcoming season. Favorites for a top four finish? What about the pre-season all-league team? In terms of teams, will RPI still be as good as projected? Can Union repeat last season's success? What about Yale, will they become a dynasty? Will Clarkson be as bad? Will Brown build up on their trip to Albany? Etc etc... tell me what you think
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    Re: ECAC Hockey 2010-2011

    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyenthusiast View Post
    Conference play is 2 months away and I'm starting to get a bit impatient so I wanted to know what the rest of the ECAC people think about the upcoming season. Favorites for a top four finish? What about the pre-season all-league team? In terms of teams, will RPI still be as good as projected? Can Union repeat last season's success? What about Yale, will they become a dynasty? Will Clarkson be as bad? Will Brown build up on their trip to Albany? Etc etc... tell me what you think
    I think the usual suspects will be up near the top again. Yale will still be a strong opponent...yes they lost some key offensive players but they still return a lot of strong and capable scorers. Goaltending again will be their question mark but I can't imagine it could be worse than last year. Cornell is Nashless and lost who I feel was their best player to graduation in Greening along with Scirvens and a a few other key players. They have no offense returning so I think Schafer will have them play D and nothing else.

    Havard losing Leblanc will hurt as they were coming on

    As for RPI many predict them to be a top 2-4 team this year although their fortunes took a blow with D'Amigo signing and I'm not sure if I read Pirri left already too?? If so....that will seriously hurt them.

    I don't think Clarkson can stay at the bottom that long and teams like Union and Q Pac will I think finish near the top of the standings. Q Pac had a lot of freshman last year and although they lost Wong and some other key players that year of experience will be a big help.

    My Saints will have their challenges. Losing Bollig and a stud defenseman incomign recruit to the Caps before he even got to campus will hurt. I think a .500 year for us would be a victory as we also have to replace two goalies who played regularly since they were frosh. Losing Mackenzie and Keller to graduation leaves gaping holes but players like Hughes and Flanagan should be vastly improved.

    As to picking the top players that is a crap shoot but I am thinking Little, Kearney and O'Neill from Yale will be near the top offensively with only Polacek from RPI being perhaps the best offensive player in the league. Colgate has a couple of blue chippers in Smith and Day but I think there will be some breakout players that will jump up and surprise. The aforementioned Hughes (D) and Flannagan from SLU....Langlois from Q could all surprise.

    Overall I don't want to be a pessimist but I thnk the league lost a ton of talent to graduation and I think it will be a "down" year for the league in general but again....it's the ECAC so parity will prevail.
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    As for RPI many predict them to be a top 2-4 team this year although their fortunes took a blow with D'Amigo signing and I'm not sure if I read Pirri left already too?? If so....that will seriously hurt them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by critsports View Post
    They have no offense returning so I think Schafer will have them play D and nothing else.
    This definitely seems like a safe bet for this season, so you would have to think that by the numbers Garman will have a good year - he's probably not a horrible guess for the pre-season team, even if it is the system...

    Cornell should be looking to open things back up a bit in 11-12 with the arrival of Hudon & co.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LynahFan View Post
    ...you would have to think that by the numbers Garman will have a good year - he's probably not a horrible guess for the pre-season team, even if it is the system...
    If true, it'll be more than the system. I'm really looking forward to watching Garman get his shot -- he's been very patient these past 2 years. However, I'll be surprised if by the end of the year Andy Iles isn't the number one goalie.

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    Isn't Iles from Ithaca HS ??? He beat Cornell last year with the U-18 team ?
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    Yes to the second one, not sure about the first one.
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    Yup, he went to Ithaca High School.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ithacat View Post
    If true, it'll be more than the system. I'm really looking forward to watching Garman get his shot -- he's been very patient these past 2 years. However, I'll be surprised if by the end of the year Andy Iles isn't the number one goalie.
    Although Iles doesn't fit the Cornell goalie profile size wise I believe he will be a STAR when his time comes.As an RPI fan thats not good news,but its always good news when top talent comes into our league and I've seen him play....make no mistake He's top talent.Good Luck....Looking forward to 2 tough Hockey games this year !
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    I think this is Union's year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimU View Post
    I think this is Union's year.
    If they can recover from the losses of their top 2 scorers and 3 of the top 4, I agree with you. They could certainly ride the Kinkaid / Milan tandem to greatness. Of course, my money goes on the Bulldogs. I just love their style of play.
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    I'm not even going to try and predict things in thw conference at this point.

    I do agree that the conference will be down (ie, don't think we will get more than one team in the NCAAs and that team most likely will not win a game).

    Of course I hope I am wrong.

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    Re: ECAC Hockey 2010-2011

    Quote Originally Posted by TimU View Post
    I think this is Union's year.
    For what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by burgie12 View Post
    Of course, my money goes on the Bulldogs. I just love their style of play.
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    I think the real question here is, "Will Harvard win a non-conference game?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimU View Post
    I think this is Union's year.
    My best guess is Union is going to need some help this year !!!!!! They basically lost the core of the team. Their style of play will keep them in most games...but they lost their go to guys. It remains to be seen whom if anyone is ready to step up.Not being a Union fan thats JMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bothman View Post
    I'm not even going to try and predict things in thw conference at this point.

    I do agree that the conference will be down (ie, don't think we will get more than one team in the NCAAs and that team most likely will not win a game).

    Of course I hope I am wrong.
    FWIW keep in mind there will be an extra at-large berth available this year with the disbanding of College Hockey America.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtwcornell91 View Post
    FWIW keep in mind there will be an extra at-large berth available this year with the disbanding of College Hockey America.
    If anything, I think that will probably end up going to a western team. They've usually been the ones in past years who are "on the bubble". I certainly hope we provide at least two solid teams to make the national tournament, but I'm not holding my breath for three, unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    If anything, I think that will probably end up going to a western team. They've usually been the ones in past years who are "on the bubble". I certainly hope we provide at least two solid teams to make the national tournament, but I'm not holding my breath for three, unfortunately.
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    Thinking "Gate" has some potential to being good. Finished fourth last year with 4-5 frosh defensemen in the lineup. Smith and Day are gamemakers and McIntyre is the only major loss. Larkin is the best frosh dman I have seen at Gate in a long time.(6-4) Also Wagner looks to be a big time scorer, a frosh that was MVP and leading scorer in EJHL.
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