Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pre-season polls recap

Both the USA Today and the USCHO national polls came out in the past few days for men's hockey. BU, under first year coach David Quinn, went unranked in the USA Today poll and came in at #19 in the USCHO poll.

*-Represents Hockey East school

1. Lowell(19)*- The Riverhawks should be good throughout the regular season again this year but just remember what they do when it counts in the NCAA...
2. Miami(14)- Miami is another team that always succeeds during the regular season and this year should be no different.
3. Wisconsin(2)- Bucky has the most talent returning out of the top 10 teams in the country. Their success is going to be dependent on their goalie Rumpel being consistent in net for them. FYI- Wisconsin comes to BU on 10/19(only single seats/SRO available)
4. Newton Community College*- Most overrated team in the nation. Freshman goalie, 3 returning forwards, 2 returning defensemen but America believes in pirate coaches apparently.
5. Minnesota(1)

6. Yale(8)-
7. North Dakota
8. Notre Dame*-
9. St. Cloud
10. Quinnipiac(1)
11(t). Michigan-
11(t). Minnesota State
13. UNH*
14. PC*
15. RPI
16. Union
17. Denver
18. Western Michigan
19. BU*-No respect for the Terriers as they start the year with their lowest ranking to start a year since USCHO posted the poll online in 1997.
20. Niagara

The Hockey East Coaches' and media polls were released last week with both placing BU 6th out of 11 teams in Hockey East. If you have noticed a common theme in the polls, it's that not many people believe that BU will be as good as years past. I'm not sure if it was Coach Parker's retirment or just a general lack of belief in this team but let the haters hate. If we had a vote they would be #2 national poll because #1 has a target on your back and #1 in the conference poll.

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