Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The (Preseason) MVP for each Hockey East team.

In the last decade, Hockey East has been home to many great players on every different team. Today, I am writing on who I think the best players on each team are.

UMass Lowell- Riley Wetmore. Wetmore is a pretty good sized and speedy forward for Norm Bazins Riverhawks. Wetmore was second on the team last year in points, and was first in goals. He will need to have a big season for the Hawks to get back into the playoffs.

Vermont- Goalie Rob Madore. Madore is one of if not the best goaltender in the league. Madore was a solid goalie for the Cats last year with a 2.95 GAA last season and will need to lower that number in order for the Cats to get home ice.

Northeastern- This might surprise some, but to me it's Rob Dungara. Dungara was to me, the best freshman the Eagles faced last year. I will never forget that shorthanded goal he had in the Beanpot when he beat Philp Samuelsson to the puck and went by Johnny Muse for the goal. Dungara is third among all returning Huskie players in points from last year.

UMass- For me, it's TJ Syner and Danny Hobbs UMass' two leading scorers from a season ago. Syner and Hobbs are two extremely fast forwards who will cause a lot of problems for opponents defensive core.

Providence College- The Friars have a shot of making the playoffs this season if goalie Alex Beaudry can stay hot all season. He needs to steal some games for PC or else it will be a long season for the Friars.

Merrimack College- With the loss of their biggest star in DaCosta gone, I expect forward Ryan Flanigan who was MC's leading scorer from a season ago to try to fill in those big shoes. Also goalie Joe Cannata will need to be good for Mark Dennehey's squad.

UNH- The Wildcats lost all of their  top scorers from last season as their best line of Thompson-Desimone- Sislo is gone. This season, the Wildcats will be led by yet another strong Senior in Steve Mosses. Mosses was first in points among all returners for Dick Umile and his staff. If Mosses can have a big year, The Cats could be a threat to what should yet another BC and BU dominated Hockey East.

Maine- Maine in my opinion (outside of Gibbons and Atkinson) the best player in Hockey East last year, in Gustav Nyquist. Since he has left, the burden of leading the Black Bears now falls on the dynamic duo of Brian Flynn and Spencer Abbot. The duo were two and three behind Nyquist in points last season for Maine. If these two can play well, Maine is in the hunt for an NCAA bid, something they need this year or say goodbye to Tim Whitehead in Maine.

Boston University- I really don't want to write this but I will. For BU this season, they return everyone except in my opinion their two best players from a season ago. This season, BU is going to be good. Expect there best player to be their leader, Chris Connolly. BU people will tell you Alex Chiassion is their best, but no. Chiassion is slow and not good in big games. Connolly is the real deal with his speed and intelligence on the ice.

Boston College- Chris Kreider. I expect this guy to be a Hobey Baker candidate this season, and led the Eagles back to glory. Chris has all the tools. He is quick, has an amazing shot, and can beat any defenseman one vs one (just ask Max Nicastro).

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