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  1. Terry, Borgstrom, Jaillet, and Hammond all coming back for next season. Gambrell is still undecided. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. I can ask. Will you still be snarky if/when I post what I find out?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Hmm, CHN has Hawkinson listed as a Junior. Looks like he played a few games in four different seasons though. Either way, DU won't be missing Hawkinson's career 1 point. (EDIT: Hawkinson is a Redshirt Junior...not that it really matters) As I said before, I wouldn't be shocked if Borgstrom signs, but what I had heard from pretty high up within DU's athletic department is that DU expected Borgstrom back next season. Terry will get pressured for certain, but he has pretty strong ties to the university. Of course, there have been several Grand Forks kids that have played for the Sioux and signed early, so it wouldn't surprise me. I think both guys are 50/50 to jump early. I would be pretty surprised if Jaillet leaves early. If he does, then DU will rely on Vermont reject Patrick Munson and incoming freshman Dayton Rasmussen in net.
  13. I think Denver only has 8 seniors, two of which are backup goalies. Their biggest (senior) loss will, obviously, be Butcher. I don't think Jaillet will leave early. Denver is extremely thin at the position on the current roster, and I believe they only have 1 goalie recruit in the pipeline (good indicators that the coaching staff does not anticipate an early departure). The rumors I heard around DU before the NCAA Tournament was Borgstrom plans on coming back for his Sophomore season. Obviously, a national title can change that, but I would guess he's more of a 50/50 to jump early. Terry is a Denver guy (and a 5th Round Draftpick), so I wouldn't be surprised if he laces them up for another run with the Pioneers. I believe Gambrell is likely gone, and DU could also have an unexpected early departure or two. Losing the Hobey Baker winner will be a big loss for DU's d-corps, but Denver will certainly be in the mix next season.
  14. I like your optimism! My biggest concern with Gersich is he really tailed off at the end of this season...only scored 3 goals (and only 2 assists) in the last 14 games of the season. I don't see him hitting 20+ goals next season. Pogo on the other hand could definitely improve his 12-13-25 line from last season. Malone put up 40 points his senior year, and I think that should be Pogo's target...something along the lines of 15-18 goals and 22-25 assists. North Dakota went from 162 goals in 2015-2016 to 127 in 2016-2017. With Pogo returning, I see next year's squad scoring something in the range of 135-140 goals and allowing somewhere around 85-90 goals. Those numbers would be quite similar to the 2014-2015 squad (138 goals scored; 94 goals against).
  15. I was just agreeing with your point that a 3rd goal next season will more likely result in a win (and thus making it more important) than a 3rd goal scored this past season.