Hockey ranked #11 in preseason poll

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on September 26th, 2016 at 3:29 PM

How? I do not know.

  1. North Dakota (43)
  2. Quinnipiac (1)
  3. Denver
  4. Boston University (5)
  5. Boston College (1)
  6. Minnesota-Duluth
  7. St. Cloud State
  8. Massachusetts-Lowell
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Providence
  11. Michigan
  12. Harvard
  13. Minnesota
  14. Bowling Green
  15. Northeastern
  16. St. Lawrence
  17. Michigan Tech
  18. Yale
  19. Minnesota State
  20. Ferris State

Hire Mel Pearson, etc etc. Since I know that'll cross my mind multiple times this season.




September 26th, 2016 at 3:35 PM ^

Michigan picked third in the conference behind Minnesota and Ohio State. Alex Kile on the Big Ten preseason watch list. Could've seen Cooper Marody on there in my opinion.

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September 26th, 2016 at 3:42 PM ^

This is going to be a tough year. I feel like I did going into Hoke's final year here. This team is less talented than the last few years teams and I see no reason to believe Red is going to coach them up. Probably going to be a deeply frustrating year where we miss the tournament. I'm gonna bet something weird like 14-15-5

Wolverine Devotee

September 26th, 2016 at 3:52 PM ^

I feel like this year in Hockey will be like if Lloyd came back in 2008. He left the cupboard bare for someone else.

We're just looking at a crater in terms of goal scoring returning. At least Red is gonna pass it off to someone (hopefully) next season after they get experience.


September 27th, 2016 at 9:37 AM ^

missing the tourney again this year, as it's been happening too much lately. But, I agree with you will probably be a .500 team this year and start wondering again who will be the coach next year.


September 26th, 2016 at 4:08 PM ^

Tangent: I happened to take one of those Sporcle quizes over the weekend to see how many of the 60 NCAA D1 hockey teams I could name in 5 minutes and I was thoroughly disgusted with myself when I only got 55.


September 26th, 2016 at 4:33 PM ^

Michigan is ranked that high because they are Michigan, I guess.

The team was delightfully fun last year, but ultimately too flawed to compete with the best. There was nothing flukey about that North Dakota loss at all. It was a team that relied heavily on a brilliant top line with occasional mid-line contributions and some dominant offensive zone play from guys like Werenski.

Which is to say, basically everything Michigan hung its hat on last year is gone. And, unlike last season, we don't have another hot recruit coming in to set the world on fire.

I expect/hope that Alex Kile will really put it together this year. He has shown flashes and might be the kind of guy that hits his stride after a few years of "almost." But I'm not sure what else the team will be able to rely on to consistently win games. I suspect it will be a depressing season. There appear to be actual preseason expectations outside of the program, and I don't see any way that Michigan comes close to reaching them.