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    2011-2012 NCAA Preseason Rankings

    After giving some thought to the upcoming season, I came up with these teams as the top 10 teams in the country to start the season. Also, I am putting together a fairly simple college hockey website to supplement the websites that we all know and love. The purpose of the site is not to compete with the "big boys", but rather to give extra reading material to people who love the sport. Part of the website will have our own rankings, and I would like to have a group of 10-12 that votes on this on a weekly basis. If you would be interested in being part of that panel of voters, please respond here, and I will comprise the list. The rankings will be released on the website each Monday, so it will require you to have your rankings done by Monday morning. Anyway, here are my preseason rankings for the upcoming season. Please feel free to post your own rankings, and enjoy!

    1. Notre Dame - The Fighting Irish have nearly everyone back from a very successful run to the Frozen Four last season. If they can play to their potential and shrug off any potential conference affiliation distractions, Notre Dame should be one of the top seeds in the NCAA Tournament, and is my pre-season favorite to win it all.

    2. Denver - While the Pioneers lost freshmen phenom Sam Brittain over the offseason, Denver should have plenty of firepower on the offensive side to make up for the loss. Another loaded freshman class, combined with seasoned scoring should make the Pioneers a favorite in the WCHA.

    3. Miami - The Redhawks are a team with a chip on their shoulder. They have been arguably the best (or at least most consistent) program over the past five seasons, and that should not change this season. Miami figures to be in the running for their first ever National Championship this coming April in Tampa.

    4. Colorado College - Nobody thought CC would pound Boston College last season in the NCAA Tournament, but the Tigers will not fly under the radar this season. Led by Hobey Candidate Jaden Schwartz, CC will look to outscore their opponents this season. If Joe Howe can put up a solid season in nets for CC, expect the Tigers to play deep into the post season.

    5. Boston University - Last season was not what Jack Parker was hoping for, but this year he has another squad capable of winning it all. The Terriers have depth in scoring, a solid blue line and goaltending, and should be the top team out east.

    6. Yale - I did not think that Yale was as good as they were last season, but I was proved wrong as the Bulldogs continued to win games. While they made a disappointing exit against the eventual National Champions, Yale had a great run last year. They should be the class of the ECAC once again, and don't be surprised if the Bulldogs are able to make a run to the Frozen Four this season.

    7. Minnesota Duluth - These bulldogs lost quite a bit from last year's National Champions. Given that, Duluth should be rock solid once again as Jack Connolly and JT Brown come back for another campaign. Scott Sandelin will have the Bulldogs ready for another run in the WCHA, and will be chomping at the bit to defend their national title.

    8. Michigan - The runner-up from last season, Michigan looks to take home the hardware. Led by Shawn Hunwick, Michigan will need to replace plenty from last season's squad, but if Hunwick can play anything like he did in the NCAA Tournament last season, the Wolverines will be in position to give Red Berenson his third National Title.

    9. Boston College - The Eagles were shocked last year in the NCAA Tournament, but reload for another shot at glory. No team has been better over the past decade than BC, and if Jerry York can manage the incoming talent BC will be a team to be reckoned with.

    10. Nebraska Omaha - The Mavericks surprised many by coming into the WCHA and nearly winning the league title. While they ran into buzzsaw's in Bemidji and Michigan to end their season, Dean Blais has molded this team into a winner. If UNO can escape injuries to key players, they should be able to make another trip to the NCAA Tournament, and this time win a game.

    Honorable Mention:
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    Western Michigan
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    Well done sir. The only thing I wonder (seriously) is why you do not have North Dakota in the top 10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCtig View Post
    Well done sir. The only thing I wonder (seriously) is why you do not have North Dakota in the top 10?

    Go CC Tigers!!
    While I think North Dakota will be a team to watch at the end of the season, I think the Sioux are too inexperienced offensively to be considered a top 10 team to start the season. Again though, they should mature a bit, and I fully expect another second half surge for North Dakota.
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    ok FS, here's my top 10. please no stones.

    1. Denver

    2. BU

    3. Notre Dame

    4. Yale

    5. UND

    6.BC

    7.Miami

    8. Michigan

    9.UNO

    10.Union
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    Quote Originally Posted by manurespreader View Post
    ok FS, here's my top 10. please no stones.

    1. Denver

    2. BU

    3. Notre Dame

    4. Yale

    5. UND

    6.BC

    7.Miami

    8. Michigan

    9.UNO

    10.Union
    I think Union is going to be pretty good this year as well, and should give Yale a run for their money in the ECAC. Were you interested in being on the panel to rank teams each week?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    I think Union is going to be pretty good this year as well, and should give Yale a run for their money in the ECAC. Were you interested in being on the panel to rank teams each week?
    sure but get fade or flashy too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manurespreader View Post
    sure but get fade or flashy too.
    I'll take pretty much anyone, so long as they aren't terribly biased. Ideally, I'd like to get a handful of reps from each of the conferences in order to spread out geographical bias.
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    Re: 2011-2012 NCAA Preseason Rankings

    1. The U
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    I like it. Hope your effort succeeds.

    I am not sure I can believe only two Hockey East teams are in the top 10 (or 13). I know, when you look at any of them individually, it's tough to put them up there. But there will be a third emerge for sure, I think. Maybe not New Hampshire, too many changes. But Merrimack, I think, will still be a top 10-13 team. They lost their best player to the NHL, but they kept their goaltender, and an experienced, solid goaltender is worth everything. I'd at least give them an honorable mention.

    Maine is due to break out too. They've got enough offensive firepower left, they're due, if they can settle down. Make them my #14 (or am I on 15?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RinkPig View Post
    1. The U
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    Quote Originally Posted by RinkPig View Post
    1. The U
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    I'd like to nominate RinkPig for the voting panel. Absolutely 0 bias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbutzin View Post
    I like it. Hope your effort succeeds.

    I am not sure I can believe only two Hockey East teams are in the top 10 (or 13). I know, when you look at any of them individually, it's tough to put them up there. But there will be a third emerge for sure, I think. Maybe not New Hampshire, too many changes. But Merrimack, I think, will still be a top 10-13 team. They lost their best player to the NHL, but they kept their goaltender, and an experienced, solid goaltender is worth everything. I'd at least give them an honorable mention.

    Maine is due to break out too. They've got enough offensive firepower left, they're due, if they can settle down. Make them my #14 (or am I on 15?).
    I guess I haven't bought into the Merrimack hype. The same could be said for Western Michigan, who could be a top-10 team. As for New Hampshire, they always have the potential to be a top team, so I wouldn't be surprised if they wind up there at season's end. Right now though, I think the ten I listed are better, or at least have fewer question marks, than any of these squads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierBBall_GopherHockey View Post
    I'd like to nominate RinkPig for the voting panel. Absolutely 0 bias.
    Absolutely 0 something that's for sure. I dislike how you can ignore a poster, yet when others quote them, one still has to listen to their drivel.

    I am still in need of people to be on the panel. I think I'll just post a thread in here each Sunday and have those in the panel post there as opposed to it being more complicated than that. Everyone's help is greatly appreciated.
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    Most of the posters here are too biased to fairly do a ranking. don't let that stop you, it is always enjoyable to read a well thought out analysis from any one with the bravery to post it on this site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy View Post
    Most of the posters here are too biased to fairly do a ranking. don't let that stop you, it is always enjoyable to read a well thought out analysis from any one with the bravery to post it on this site.
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    Im gonna give this a shot so here goes.
    1. Notre Dame
    2. Denver
    3. CC
    4. BU
    5. Miami
    6. UND
    7. Yale
    8. BC
    9. UNO
    10. Michigan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    I guess I haven't bought into the Merrimack hype. The same could be said for Western Michigan, who could be a top-10 team. As for New Hampshire, they always have the potential to be a top team, so I wouldn't be surprised if they wind up there at season's end. Right now though, I think the ten I listed are better, or at least have fewer question marks, than any of these squads.
    There's no hype out there around the Mack this season since DaCosta departed. But there should be, IMO. This is a pretty darn good team and well coached. Anyone who saw them play Notre Dame in the NCAA regional last spring has a feel for how good they can be, and a lot of that team returns.

    Merrimack returns 3 of the top 10 HE point scorers (Flanigan (sniper), Todd & Collins)
    Defense: 2nd leading HE D point scorer (Stollery) and a cast of monster D that I consider to be among the best in Hockey East as a D corp (Heywood (So), Ellis (So), Bigos (Jr)). These guys put a hurtin' on opponents and can slow down the speediest of teams.
    Goaltending: Joe Cannata. He stepped it up last year and is now one of HE premier goalies.

    I will be very surprised if they don't finish in the top 3-4 Hockey East. Depth on the forward lines may be their downfall, but Dennehy has shown the ability to recruit some pretty good players since becoming HC, so my guess is they'll be fine.

    There are snipers in Maine. Questionable goaltending.

    This all coming from a BC guy.
    And no, I don't have the time to commit to the committee, but I will be happy to share thoughts on this thread.
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    One of the biggest problems with this is that very few people get enough exposure to rank fairly. Even if you see a few games in the other end of the country it's nigh on to impossible to see enough to make any kind of rational decisions. TV helps but it takes the flavor of the game away.
    I hope Merrimack is dominant, and I wonder about AA. They were playing well at the end of last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveHole12 View Post
    There's no hype out there around the Mack this season since DaCosta departed. But there should be, IMO. This is a pretty darn good team and well coached.
    Merrimack returns 3 of the top 10 HE point scorers (Flanigan, Todd & Collins)
    Defense: 2nd leading HE D point scorer (Stollery) and a cast of monster D that I consider to be among the best in Hockey East as a D corp (Heywood (So), Ellis (So), Bigos (Jr)). These guys put a hurtin' on opponents and can slow down the speediest of teams.
    Goaltending: Joe Cannata. He stepped it up last year and is now one of HE premier goalies.

    I will be very surprised if they don't finish in the top 3-4 Hockey East. Depth on the forward lines may be their downfall, but Dennehy has shown the ability to recruit some pretty good players since becoming HC, so my guess is they'll be fine.

    This all coming from a BC guy.
    And no, I don't have the time to commit to the committee, but I will be happy to share thoughts on this thread.
    FWIW, I think I'm just going to have a weekly thread on here, and have people post their top 10. Perhaps that may be a commitment that you are more willing to make? (i.e. a weekly post of your top 10 in my weekly thread on here)

    Quote Originally Posted by manurespreader View Post
    One of the biggest problems with this is that very few people get enough exposure to rank fairly. Even if you see a few games in the other end of the country it's nigh on to impossible to see enough to make any kind of rational decisions. TV helps but it takes the flavor of the game away.
    I hope Merrimack is dominant, and I wonder about AA. They were playing well at the end of last year.
    I completely agree. That is why I want to get a top 10 from across the geographic spectrum of college hockey. As for UAA, I think they'll be a lot better than some people might think. I think they'll push for home ice in the WCHA and could potentially make a run at the NCAAs. They are a darkhorse for sure, but have a lot of the parts that make up a good team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    FWIW, I think I'm just going to have a weekly thread on here, and have people post their top 10. Perhaps that may be a commitment that you are more willing to make? (i.e. a weekly post of your top 10 in my weekly thread on here)
    Good idea. I can probably do that, but may miss a week or 2,3,6.
    Then you can tabulate your top 10 from this thread (you sneaky one you).... BRILLIANT!

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