They're the champs. They lost no one (of importance). They have the 6th best recruit class in the nation. And they know what it takes to win as a team. So you do the math, they're the best team out there.
#2 Boston University
Yes the Terriers lost some key players to graduation and the NHL but with the second best recruit class in the nation, I think that they can turn it around from last season. They will be a top ten team in the nation and could make a good run at ether the Hockey East regular season title the the HE tournament title or even a National Championship. The Terriers will have a decent team this season. (Season Preview coming soon).
#3 University of Maine
Last season Maine finished fourth in the regular season standings and went on to beat Lowell, 2 out of 3, in a hard fought series. Then the Black Bears ended the Terriers season with a 5-2 win in the Hockey East semi Finals. The next night Maine fell 7-6 to BC in overtime in the championship game, ending their season. This year could be a lot like last year for Maine. They return a very skilled Gustav Nyquist, a Hobey Baker finalist.
#4 University of New Hampshire
This season could be a slow start for the Wild Cats. The lost of starting goalie, Brain Foster, witch will leave a hole in the net. They will still make the playoffs and will still get home ice on their huge Olympic size rink. But after that I think they are done. But it is UNH and they always know how to turn up the heat in the middle of the season and could break the top two in the league standings.
#5 Merrimack College
Rounding out the top five could be a surprise to some. Don't let it be. Merrimack last year finished 6th in the league and took BU to three games in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. They return the National Rookie of the Year in Stephan DaCasta. So watch out the Mack could make some things happen this season.
In Other News...The Terriers picked up a goalie to add to there 2011 recruit class. Matt O'Connor was placed on the "Players to watch" list by NHL scouts. He is from Toronto and will play for Youngstown in the USHL next year.
Last season he played for the Upper Canada Patriots and then was traded to the Burlington Cougars . Both teams play in the OJHL. For the Pats he had a .906 save percentage. To some that might not look great but he played in front of an expansion team, the Patriots.
Clendening shines at U.S. Camp, and article from Tonawanda News.com.
This is a great article an you should check it out.
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