UM student here who just bought tix for the upcoming UM college hockey season. As a kid in Ann Arbor, I went to a number of games at Yost and know how great of an atmosphere it is. However, I don't really know the ins and outs of how college hockey works, so I was wondereing if you guys can give me a hand. I know the sport of hockey, and have watched the NHL for many years. My questions mostly revolve about the college aspect. If you can answer any of the below questions, that would be great:
1.) Of the Division 1 conferences, which ones are considered to be the elite (like SEC in Football or ACC in basketball)? Where does the Big Ten fall? Which are the bottom feeders?
2.) How many wins/points does it typically take for a team like Michigan to get into the NCAA tournament?
3.) How does the NHL factor into college hockey? How many NHL bound/drafted players is it optimal to have on a team?
4.) How good do you expcet Michigan to be this season? I know they were not very good last year, but I read about how well Mel Pearson did at Tech and it seems like there's a good group of incoming players (Norris, Hughes, the other Pastujov)
5.) How does recruiting work? Is there any way to track which teams recruit better than others?