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  1. 2017-2018 College Hockey (Non-UND Hockey)

    I don't think anyone is getting hysterical about it. However, the fact that Denver has repeated as national champions before is as indicative of the likelihood of them repeating as national champions this upcoming season as the fact that North Dakota didn't win an eighth national title until they dropped the Brien logo and adopted a new nickname. An interesting and objective fact...sure. Will it have any impact on whether Denver can repeat as national champions...no.
  2. 2017-2018 College Hockey (Non-UND Hockey)

    To look at it another way though, in the last decade in the major sports (NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, college football, college basketball, and college hockey), 70 teams have attempted to defend their championship...4 have been successful.
  3. 2017-2018 College Hockey (Non-UND Hockey)

    So what? Nobody on Denver's current roster has ever repeated as NCAA National Champions before. Most of the current players were in grade school the last time Denver repeated (and were not born the previous 2 times Denver repeated). Repeating is significantly more difficult now than it was 50-60 years ago...hence why there have only been 2 back-to-back champions in the last 45 seasons of college hockey. Past results, particularly in sports, are not indicative of future results.
  4. 2017-2018 College Hockey (Non-UND Hockey)

    Another thing to consider is that it usually takes several players to have "career years" in order to win a championship. When those players regress to the mean, the team isn't quite as good. Now, DU probably returns more talent than anyone else in the country, but they did lose their Hobey Baker winner and several other "cog" type guys who played important roles on the team. Throw in that everyone seems to give the defending champion their best shot, the grind (both physically and mentally) of trying to repeat, and the likely chance that some players who had great seasons will regress a bit, and there is a reason why defending champions often struggle. Looking across all "major sports" (NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, College Football, College Basketball, and College Hockey), there have been 4 back-to-back champions in the past decade (Pittsburgh Penguins '16-'17; Los Angeles Lakers '09-'10; Miami Heat '12-'13; Alabama Football '11-'12). Looking just at college hockey, it has only happened twice in the past 45 seasons. In sum, it's really hard to repeat, and while DU will likely be the favorite going into next season (and deservedly so), in all likelihood they will not repeat.
  5. Early departures 2017

    Terry, Borgstrom, Jaillet, and Hammond all coming back for next season. Gambrell is still undecided. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/12/du-pioneers-hockey-recruits/ Denver will be very good next season, but people should remember that they lost a Hobey Baker winner along with a large group of Seniors. DU will be in the mix come March, but I'm not going to give them the title just yet.
  6. Twins ?

    Well, they at least got something. The Twins had designated Santana for assignment, and he would have hit waivers in a few days. Chapman certainly isn't an All-Star by any means, but Santana was rotten garbage the last two seasons and wasn't looking any better to start this season. I wish Santana well, and hopefully he gets his career back on track. And for Chapman...well, hopefully he can figure it out in AAA and can make an impact for the Twins in the near future.
  7. 2017-2018 College Hockey (Non-UND Hockey)

    The problem with this is that when analyzing college hockey is your job, you shouldn't simply look at a team from the outside. Maybe watch some tape of the teams, track how returners progressed, research incoming recruits. You know...actually work a little bit. This ranking screams, at least in part, trying to get a rise out of North Dakota fans (as fightingsioux4life noted). Also, I can't seem to find any other "early Top 10" rankings from CHN's website. I'm curious how their predictions have gone in previous years.
  8. 2017-2018 College Hockey (Non-UND Hockey)

    Interesting. Could only apply to North Dakota (8 titles, 3 EV) and Michigan (19 collective titles, 16 EV). Either way, I think CHN's ranking was not only "Super Early" but also super short-sided. North Dakota will be a Top 10 team, and depending on how the Freshman adjust and our returning forwards progress, they could be a Top 5 team. As I've stated elsewhere on this forum, I think next season's North Dakota squad will be very similar to the 2014-2015 group...hopefully with a better ending at the Frozen Four.
  9. 2017-2018 College Hockey (Non-UND Hockey)

    Exactly. Until the B1G starts showing up in the National Tournament, they can't really argue that they are (or will be) the best college hockey conference. NCAA Tournament performance since conference realignment (2013-2014 season to present): NCHC: 24-15 (.615); 2 National Champions; 7 Frozen Four Participants (7 of 8 teams have made NCAA Tournament) Hockey East: 18-17 (.514); 1 National Champion; 5 Frozen Four Participants (7 of 12 teams have made NCAA Tournament) ECAC: 9-11 (.450); 1 National Champion; 3 Frozen Four Participants (6 of 12 teams have made NCAA Tournament) Big Ten: 5-7 (.417); 1 Frozen Four Participant (5 of 6 teams have made NCAA Tournament) Atlantic Hockey: 2-4 (.333); 0 Frozen Four Participants (3 of 11 teams have made NCAA Tournament) WCHA: 2-6 (.250); 0 Frozen Four Participants (3 of 10 teams have made NCAA Tournament)
  10. Early departures 2017

    So Mike Chambers, who has far more inside contacts than I do, came out with his percentages on the early departures: Borgstrom: 80-20 to return. Before the tournament, I had heard he was almost certainly coming back for his sophomore year. After the tournament, I had heard he was 50/50. From what I heard yesterday, I think 80 percent to return is a bit high. If Montgomery leaves, it sounds like Borgstrom will go from 50/50 to lean toward signing early. Gambrell: 50-50 to return. The last I heard he was leaning towards signing early, and it sounds like he is the player who will "definitely be leaving early" if Montgomery signs. I think 50/50 is a bit high. Hammond: 90-10 to return. I haven't heard anything about Hammond signing early. Jaillet: 70-30 to return. As I said previously, nobody seems to have any indication on whether Jaillet will sign. I think 70-30 sounds about right. Terry: 70-30 to return. This is pretty much exactly what I've heard. Terry is leaning towards returning for his junior season. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/04/20/denver-pioneers-uneasy-offseason/
  11. Early departures 2017

    I can ask. Will you still be snarky if/when I post what I find out?
  12. Early departures 2017

    My problem with your argument is that you are using a couple of relatively rare (and quite different) situations to state that this particular Denver team will have several early departures. I just have not seen anything to suggest that is true (and indeed I have heard from well connected sources that DU does not expect several early departures). I focused on NCAA title teams to highlight the problem with your argument where you said losing several players early is especially true with NCAA title winners. That is simply not fact.
  13. Early departures 2017

    I think you're trying to use last year's Sioux team too much. They were hit significantly harder by early departures than most previous NCAA champions. Previous 7 NCAA Champion Early Departures: 2015-2016 North Dakota - 4 Juniors, 1 Sophomore 2014-2015 Providence - 2 Juniors 2013-2014 Union - 1 Junior 2012-2013 Yale - 0 early departures 2011-2012 Boston College - 2 Juniors 2010-2011 Minnesota Duluth - 1 Junior, 1 Freshman 2009-2010 Boston College - 0 early departures.
  14. Early departures 2017

    So just speculation? Also, I'm not sure there is a rule when it comes to early departures. This is particularly true when it comes to dealing with Freshmen and Sophomores. Except that's not what he said. He said to expect several DU underclassmen to sign contracts. Based on what I've heard, that is not likely to happen. Don't get me wrong though, I would love to see DU decimated by early departures.
  15. Early departures 2017

    What information are you basing this on? Hope and a prayer? FWIW, I have a few connections high up within the DU athletic department who have told me that Terry is leaning towards coming back and Borgstrom is 50/50. Gambrell is leaning towards leaving, and nobody seems to have any indication on what Jaillet is going to do. Of course, they all four could sign, but there is certainly optimism within DU's program that 3 of the 4 will come back with an outside chance at getting all four back.
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