Anyone Else Have a Good Feeling About Hockey This Season?
Man, there's still plenty of time for a Michigan Hockey Summer.®
I sort of agree..except that we don't seem to have any immediate flight risks. The draft has come and gone with no chaos and AFAIK none of the freshmen are serious flight risks for the O.
This should be the feeling we have every summer but the last couple years or so have frustrated me to the point were I don't want to be overly optimistic. I think we had a huge addition through subtraction and some highly touted freshmen but I still worry about the back end and clutch goal scorers (minus Copp). Preparing to throw my money in for my season ticket renewal this weekend or next so there is some excitement
Quiet confidence. I thought they'd make the Frozen Four last year. Whoops.
First, let's get a winning record against penn state.
I also have the same feeling about football. It seems like when the team isn't expected to do well, they do much better because everyone overeacts to the previous year. For example in 2011 we were down right bad to end 2010 so everyone thought that we would go 6-6 or 7-5 because of that bitter taste. The opposite was true the following year when we were supposed to be awesome coming off of a 11-2 season. However, numerous factors were different such as playing 4 top 10 teams away from home.
I hope you're right. Right now my confidence is in the basketball team which doesn't make sense considering all the quality they just lost. I was quietly hopeful for hockey last season, particularly after opening with a win against BC and going 1-0-1 against UNH. Then the bottom seemed to fall out in the GLI and we struggled the rest of the way. Which is weird because for most of my life, hockey always seemed to play their best after the GLI.
That's odd ... Identical feelings to football. Come out looking good against some mediocre competition and one big name school. Only to have that big name school not be as good. And the bottom drop out after the Sparty game - usually the one where our season takes off. At least before the Rich Rod years.
The last 2 years have beaten by optimism into submission but the net of gain of adding a great class and losing some deadweight should be beneficial - though I don't know if that alone is going to get us a decent defensive corps.
As in all years, this team will be more than talented enough to make the tourney and thus has just as good a chance as anyone to win it all. We'll see if the coin flips go our way
Did Red retire?
I fully expect the team to give Red a heroes sendoff within a year or two ofhis retirement
As in natl title
Top 9 forwards: Allen, Compher, Copp, Hyman, Kile, Larkin, Lynch, Motte, Nieves
Top 4 d-men: DeJong, Downing, Serville, Werenski
So at forward, we have Allen, Kile, Larkin and Lynch replacing Deblois, diGiuseppe, Guptill and Moffatt on the top 3 lines. Not an improvement in talent but quite possibly an improvement in actual effort and results on the ice (note that this comment is not directed at Deblois or Moffatt, who will be missed). At defense, we have Serville and Werenski replacing Bennett and Clare. Again, I think my same comments apply--Freshman Werenski can hopefully step in for Senior Bennett, and I don't think it's that much of a step down from Clare to Serville.
Overall, you have to say that we are worse on paper this year than last. But that's just it--Michigan was a much better team on paper last year than they were on the ice. Fortunately, if the talk I have heard is true, a few of those departures could end up being "addition by subtraction."
This is one of those seasons where it wouldn't really surprise me if they finish anywhere between a #2 seed and a .500 record.
Overall, you have to say that we are worse on paper this year than last. But that's just it--Michigan was a much better team on paper last year than they were on the ice.
The funny thing is, is that on paper Michigan is better than everyone every single year except for maybe North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, BC, and BU (depending on the year). I think the 'give a sh*t' factor for the team will jump way up this year. At the very least, I probably will not be yelling "GODDAMMIT GUPTILL YOU LAZY ASS" anymore this year
I have a good feeling in the sense that I think this upcoming season will be less frustrating than the past two. We had uncertainty at the goalie position the past two years. Now we have two experienced options. And I think both can get the job done. We don't have more talent up and down the roster than the past couple seasons IMO, but we will have more consistency and effort, which should keep results consistent.
I'm not expecting great things from this team but I also don't think this year's squad will have us pulling out our hair every other game.
I have a good feeling about this season. I think the last two years have shown that freshmen can contribute immediately (especially freshmen forwards), and the goaltender situation is settled. The d-corps will always give me the heebie-jeebies until I see how they work together on the ice, but I think they're a Tournament team again. That's the bar for me right now. Get back in the Tournament and the season will seem successful.
I had the privilege to photograph some Michigan hockey games these past two seasons. They seemed to have lost a disproportionately higher number of games that I was photographing (those two home losses to Penn State? Yeah, sorry guys).
I'm not photographing games this season so the curse of me is lifted.
If this vaunted freshman class can play up to expectations in a hurry we should do something special.