USCHO released their first poll of the season and the rankings are very similar to USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine's preseason poll. USCHO has three B1G teams in the top 11, with Wisconsin at #3 and Minnesota at #5 (which is the same as the USA Today poll). Michigan at #11 is just one spot below where they are in the USA Today poll.
Based on where they're ranked across the two polls I'd say that the consensus is that Michigan is talented and could perform as most followers of Michigan hockey expect them to, but the number of freshmen who will play big minutes and the lack of depth on the blueline is reason to pause.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll: