LPH Preseason Men's College Hockey Rankings

 

The puck drops on the 2013-14 NCAA men's hockey season in a little over two weeks, so it's time for a look at the preseason favorites to capture the national championship at the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia. Last season, Yale played the role of Cinderella with an improbable run in the NCAA Tournament en route to winning its first national title. After the jump, we present our look at the preseason top 10 in NCAA men's hockey.

 

1. Miami (Ohio)
Conference: NCHC
2012-13 overall record: 25-12-5
2012-13 conference record: 17-7-4, 1st in CCHA
2012-13 finish: Lost in NCAA Midwest Regional Final 4-1 to St. Cloud State
Top returning scorers: Junior F Austin Czarnik (14-26—40), sophomore F Riley Barber (15-24—39), sophomore D Matthew Caito (5-16—21), junior F Cody Murphy (11-9—20), junior F Blake Coleman (9-10—19)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Ryan McKay (13-7-2, 1.39, .946), sophomore Jay Williams (12-5-3, 1.94, .924)
Top newcomer: F Anthony Louis


2. UMass Lowell
Conference: Hockey East
2012-13 overall record: 28-11-2
2012-13 conference record: 16-9-2, 1st in Hockey East
2012-13 finish: Lost in NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal 3-2 OT to Yale
Top returning scorers: Junior F Scott Wilson (16-22—38), senior F Joseph Pendenza (15-23—38), senior F Derek Arnold (13-17—30), senior F Josh Holmstrom (12-13—25), sophomore F Ryan McGrath (7-14—21), sophomore D Christian Folin (6-15—21)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Connor Hellebuyck (20-3-0, 1.37, .952)
Top newcomer: F Evan Campbell


3. Boston College
Conference: Hockey East
2012-13 overall record: 22-12-4
2012-13 conference record: 15-9-3, 2nd in Hockey East
2012-13 finish: Lost in NCAA East Regional Semifinal 5-1 to Union
Top returning scorers: Junior F Johnny Gaudreau (21-30—51), senior F Bill Arnold (17-18—35), sophomore F Michael Matheson (8-17—25), senior F Kevin Hayes (6-19—25), sophomore D Teddy Doherty (1-17—18)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Brian Billett (0-1-0, 3.96, .853)
Top newcomers: G Thatcher Demko, F Chris Calnan, F Ryan Fitzgerald, D Ian McCoshen, D Steve Santini


4. North Dakota
Conference: NCHC
2012-13 overall record: 22-13-7
2012-13 conference record: 14-7-7, 3rd in WCHA
2012-13 finish: Lost in NCAA West Regional Final 4-1 to Yale
Top returning scorers: Sophomore F Rocco Grimaldi (13-23—36), junior F Mark MacMillan (13-12—25), senior D Dillon Simpson (5-19—24), sophomore F Drake Caggiula (8-8—16), junior D Nick Mattson (3-12—15)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Clarke Saunders (13-9-4, 2.30, .917), sophomore Zane Gothberg (9-4-3, 2.46, .920)
Top newcomers: D Gage Ausmus, D Paul LaDue, D, Keaton Thompson, F Luke Johnson, F Wade Murphy, F Adam Tambellini


5. Wisconsin
Conference: Big Ten
2012-13 overall record: 22-13-7
2012-13 conference record: 13-8-7, T-4th in WCHA
2012-13 finish: Lost in NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinal 6-1 to UMass Lowell
Top returning scorers: Senior F Michael Mersch (23-13—36), sophomore F Nic Kerdiles (11-22—33), senior F Mark Zengerle (9-23—32), senior F Tyler Barnes (15-15—30), junior F Joseph LaBate (9-14—23), junior D Jake McCabe (3-18—21)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Joel Rumpel (16-9-4, 1.96, .929), junior Landon Peterson (6-4-3, 2.01, .926)
Top newcomers: F Grant Besse, F Jedd Soleway


6. Minnesota
Conference: Big Ten
2012-13 overall record: 26-9-5
2012-13 conference record: 16-7-5, T-1st in WCHA
2012-13 finish: Lost in NCAA West Regional Semifinal 3-2 OT to Yale
Top returning scorers: Junior F Kyle Rau (15-25—40), senior F Nate Condon (12-19—31), junior F Sam Warning (8-15—23), junior F Christian Isackson (4-16—20), junior D Ben Marshall (8-11—19)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Adam Wilcox (25-8-5, 1.88, .921)
Top newcomers: F Taylor Cammarata, F Justin Kloos, F Hudson Fasching, D Michael Brodzinski


7. Notre Dame
Conference: Hockey East
2012-13 overall record: 25-13-3
2012-13 conference record: 17-8-3, 2nd in CCHA
2012-13 finish: Lost in NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal 5-1 to St. Cloud State
Top returning scorers: Senior F Bryan Rust (15-19—34), senior F Jeff Costello (11-19—30), senior F T.J. Tynan (10-18—28), sophomore F Mario Lucia (12-11—23), junior D Robbie Russo (5-18—23)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Steven Summerhays (21-12-2, 2.01, .919)
Top newcomers: F Vince Hinostroza, G Chad Katunar


8. Providence
Conference: Hockey East
2012-13 overall record: 17-14-7
2012-13 conference record: 13-8-6, T-3rd in Hockey East
2012-13 finish: Lost in Hockey East Semifinal 2-1 to UMass Lowell
Top returning scorers: Junior F Ross Mauermann (12-12—24), senior F Derek Army (13-10—23), sophomore F Nick Saracino (11-7—18), sophomore F Mark Jankowski (7-11—18), junior F Shane Luke (5-13—18)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Jon Gillies (17-12-6, 2.08, .931)
Top newcomers: F Trevor Mingoia, D Anthony Florentino


9. Rensselaer
Conference: ECAC
2012-13 overall record: 18-14-5
2012-13 conference record: 12-7-3, 2nd in ECAC
2012-13 finish: Lost in ECAC Quarterfinal to Brown
Top returning scorers: Junior F Matt Neal (8-22—30), junior F Jacob Laliberte (11-17—28), junior F Ryan Haggerty (12-14—26), sophomore F Mike Zalewski (12-9—21), sophomore F Milos Bubela (8-11—19)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Jason Kasdorf (14-5-2, 1.62, .935)
Top newcomers: F Riley Bourbonnais, D Parker Reno


10. Minnesota State
Conference: WCHA
2012-13 overall record: 24-14-3
2012-13 conference record: 16-11-1, T-4th in WCHA
2012-13 finish: Lost in NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal 4-0 to Miami
Top returning scorers: Junior F Matt Leitner (17-30—47), junior F Jean-Paul Lafontaine (9-26—35), senior F Zach Lehrke (8-17—25), junior D Zach Palmquist (7-18—25), senior F Johnny McInnis (13-9—22)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Stephon Williams (21-12-2, 2.00, .924)
Top newcomer: F Zach Stepan