Inside College Hockey will examine the college hockey landscape
and offer up our sweet 16. The Power Rankings don't reflect automatic
qualifiers – so they don't necessarily convey what the new
16-team tournament would look like "if the season ended today."
Sorry, we hate
that phrase – making us even more thankful that things are
just getting started. Take a look at how we think the teams stack
up entering the season – and let
us know what you think. Send us your own Power Rankings, with
comments, and we just might publish them.
words describe the Pioneers’ attitude heading into the
season: unfinished business.
gone – finally. But Colin Hemingway, Sean Collins and
Lanny Gare will pick up slack.
score? With Keith Ballard, Paul Martin and Matt DeMarchi patrolling
the blue line, who cares?
of standout defensemen, Freddy Meyer and Ryan Whitney are an
is offically “the man” in Orono. We think freshman
goalie Jimmy Howard will be, too.
Walt Kyle inherits a veteran crew led by forward Chris Gobert.
rebuild, they reload. Eric Nystrom should be the next in the
line of Wolverine offensive standouts.
will prove that last season’s .500 record was an aberration.
Ben Eaves may be Hockey East’s best forward, and he’s
joined at The Heights by brother Patrick.
new system, new goalie. Same result. Spartans will be in the
mix come tourney time.
arguably the ECAC’s best skater (Doug Murray) and goaltender
son of former NHLer J.P., is the best of a talented group of
of 22 letterwinners returning, Dave Poulin’s squad should
play more like Ty Willingham’s and less like Bob Davie’s.
Devin Rask and Peter Fregoe provide senior leadership for a
team ready to live up to last year's expectations.
Dave Steckel, Scott May and Mike Betz are a formidable quartet
just one of the ECAC’s many talented netminders.
round out the rankings by including the other Eaves, Mike, who’s
in his first year as Bucky’s head coach.
Jason Guerriero and Keni Gibson are terrific, but Bruce Crowder
will miss Jim Fahey. Any coach would.
joined by young stars Mike Stuart and Brett Sterling.
was no fluke, but they’ll miss warrior Bobby Andrews.
NCAA Tournament qualifiers are paced by Dominic Moore.
John Hill learned art of building programs from the master,
young, but Greg Zanon and Dan Ellis return.
of CHA. Can they win the league playoff title with an NCAA berth
on the line?
school will lure coach Rick Gotkin away from Erie. He’ll
want to bring forward Adam Tackaberry with him.
Bobcats. Call them what you want. They’ll still be in
the hunt for the MAAC’s automatic bid.
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