#1- Boston College Eagles
Top Returnees- Johnny G, Steve Whitney, Pat Mullane, and Parker Milner.
Key Losses- Chris Kreider, Brian Dumoulin, and Barry Almeida.
Last time I checked, we return three of our five best forwards from a year ago, the best goalie in the league, and add a first round pick on defense. O yea, and Coach York is still behind the bench. Season preview coming up later this week.
#2- Lowell River Hawks
Top Returnees- Scott Wilson, David Carr, and Chad Ruwhedel
Key Losses- David Vallonari and Michael Budd.
Coming off a fantastic 2011-12 campaign, second year coach Norm Bazin and his River Hawks will look to build off a second place finish in Hockey East a season ago and a NCAA's second round exit. Wilson, Wetmore, and Ruwhedel are all very good players that will produce so I wouldn't be surprised if the Hawks' gave the Eagles a run for their money during the regular season.
#3- New Hampshire Wildcats
Top Returnees- Nick Sorkin, Kevin Goumas, and Casey DeSmith
Key Losses- Steve Moses and Damon Kipp.
After a horrible year last season, UNH is looking to make it back to the Garden and to the NCAA's. With a strong core of forwards and a solid defensive group, I believe we will see the Cats' back in the Garden and competing for a spot in the NCAA's. There could be some problems early on with Moses gone but they will improve as the season goes on.
#4- Providence College Friars
Key Returnees- Tim Schaller, Ross Mauermann, and Drew Brown
Key Losses- Alex Beaudry, Danny New, and Mark Bergland
With a top recruiting class coming in this fall, Nate Lehman has his Friars primed to make a run back to the top of the Hockey East standings. If freshman Jon Gilles (goalie) and forward Mark Jankowski step up, the Friars could definitely be a team vying for home ice. However, if Gilles does not live up to his name in net , it could be another lost year in Friartown.
Top Returnees- Matt Nieto and Wade Megan
Key Losses- Alex Chiasson, Adam Clendening, Chris Connolly, and Kieran Milan
Honestly, who knows where these guys will end up. Sure, Nieto is a great player and Megan had a hot finish last year season for the Terriers but freshman will need to step up all across the board for Jack Parker and his staff. If the freshman goalies don't get adjusted to the college game quickly, it could be another long season for these guys.