Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Season Preview Blog-o-rama (2nd edition).

We’ll try to keep this feature recurring until the season’s start.

● The Clarkson Hockey Fans blog continues its preview of the ECAC, this time taking a look at the Brown Bears. In regard to Brown in the upcoming season, CHF’s “Gobe” notes,

“Brown returns their top three scorers but will bring back a defense that will be considered shaky at best. (Sean) Hurley needs to be a leader and draft pick Paul Baier will need to step up his game and play to the NHL level talent he is expected to have.”

Also,

“As shown in the past years when teams take Brown lightly they usually leave with a loss. Brown could surprise a couple of teams along the way, but this will be the exception to the rule.”

CHF’s “Gobe” predicts an 11th place finish for Brown, but could finish as well as 9th.

● Continuing its preview of Atlantic Hockey, the RIT Hockey Blog takes a look at the Bentley Falcons. In regard to Bentley’s play in between the pipes, “Komey” notes,

“The weakest link for Bentley is their goaltending. Jason Kearney is the most experienced goalie on the roster. But in two years, he has only played 18 games. His numbers are respectable on his career - 3.44 goals against average and .898 save percentage. Nick Moise is also a junior but has only played 4 games in this career. Joe Calvi is a freshman and may get some playing time if Kearney and Moise can't do the job.”

“Komey” predicts an 8-20 record for the Falcons, good enough for 8th place.

Forgot to mention this one yesterday, the WCHA blog has begun a rather comprehensive season preview for, yes, the WCHA. The WCHA Blog has already taken a look at Colorado College and Alaska-Anchorage, as well as conference schedules, non-conference schedules, top 5 returning scorers (by team), goal production lost (by team), and incoming freshman (by team).

Also, I have posted a new (still, very vanilla) poll.

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