2020-21 Division I Hockey Thread

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    that depends on COVID as how UMASS Amherst impacts college hockey, it's a moving target just as with any team/franchise
     
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    U Maine @ Northeastern WHEA game originally scheduled for 1/2/21 HAS been canceled outright
     
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    I've seen bits 'n' pieces of the UMass men play over the last couple of weeks, but didn't follow closely enough to give you any specific intel on Kessel's play this season. His 3-point game @ New Hampshire this past Wednesday is a major reason for his current point pace this season, along with him being on the Minutemen power play unit. You & your Blues Buddies can judge his play for yourselves in that Dec 30th game on the CBS Sports College Sports Live replay (game starts @ 25:00 of the recording). Since he's just a sophomore, and because of the Div. I COVID schedule shuffling, it will be hard to judge the play & potential of Kessel (and most other college players) based on this season.
     
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    Maine women's Sunday afternoon match-up @ NEU remains scheduled. Saturday travel delays due to weather conditions in Maine, I reckon?
     
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    canceled outright from Maine Athletics.... Expected U Maine @ U Mass Lowell was unaffected as was the 2nd Maine @ Northeastern W-HEA is still on as scheduled.

    it's highly doubtful Maine Hockey is playing at Alfond Arena this season.... there's really no option in Orono as America East has to be notified for the games to be played on campus ("the Pit, aka Memorial Gymnasium) WAS cleared for Basketball to resume there.... similiar to Maine @ UNH in the Whittemore Center, and how that originally was supposed to be at Alfond Arena...
     
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    Looks like Hockey East is trying to mess with your head, HUTCH ... :rolleyes:
    AND the rescheduled game will be on the CBS Sports free stream.
     
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    not exactly, JM.... which is why I posted that info as soon as it happened.... and that came directly from Maine's athletic department
     
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    From: USCHO.com
     
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    DI polls to start the New Year ...
    USCHO Division I Women's Poll - January 4, 2021

    RnkTeam(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
    1Wisconsin(9)3-1-01401
    2Minnesota(5)5-1-01372
    3Northeastern2-1-01153
    4Ohio State(1)4-2-01074
    5Colgate4-1-1905
    6Minnesota Duluth4-2-0696
    7Providence6-1-1577
    8Boston College5-3-0468
    9Clarkson1-2-1389
    10Mercyhurst2-0-0910
    Others receiving votes: Quinnipiac 6, Penn State 6, Robert Morris 3, Boston University 2

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    And the men's side polling ...

    USA Men's Poll-4 Jan 2021.JPG
     
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    Maine Athletics has been informed that Alfond Arena is off limits for hockey home games, unless you meet the state minimum for capacity or get approved a la Memorial Gymnasium aka "the Pit" .

    Maine @ Vermont remains on schedule this weekend...

    from 92.9 the Ticket-Bangor
     
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    weekly USCHO Men's D1 Poll has been released
     
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    Any opinions on Matt Kessel?
     
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    Just one old man's opinion: I responded to a similar inquiry from an HFB member in a post on Page 3 of this thread. Since that Reply, Kessel has continued to contribute offensively for the very hot UMass team; and what I saw of his play in a recent Hockey East game impressed me (good puck handling, good speed, seems to use his size well on D). But you have to remember that he's only 20 years old & a sophomore; and his stats for 2020-21 don't yet scream: "I am the next coming of Al MacInnis or Chris Pronger (when the Blues finally sign me)." Give the pandemic its due for this season for hockey players at all levels, give Kessel time to mature some more, and ask again at the end on next season. If the Blues give him a contract, chances are he's a fit in their scheme.
     
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    Any opinions on the best NCAA players this year who are likely to get contracts in the NHL eventually etc.
     
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    hard to quantify, tbth.... depends on draft age/eligibility
     
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    I don't follow the NHL closely enough to know which teams have depth spots open that could be up for grabs by college-aged players, but I'll offer a few names to watch.
    • Senior University of Minnesota Goalie Jack LaFontaine, picked by Carolina in Round 3 of the 2016 entry draft but unsigned. LaFontaine transferred to MN last season after two years @ Michigan. He is logging big minutes this season for the Gophers, carrying a 9-0-0 record so far with a 0.965 SV% and a 1.00 GAA. IMO, it's just as difficult to put up numbers like that behind a very good team as it is backstopping a mediocre team.
    • USNTDP (and next season committed to University of Michigan) Defenseman Luke Hughes, who is Top 5 in almost all rankings for the NHL 2021 entry draft. He is the younger brother of New Jersey's Jack Hughes & Vancouver's Quint Hughes, which gives him the name recognition to go along with his talents. He's got size (6'2"), he's a left-handed shot, and he can play the game.
    • Freshman University of Michigan Defenseman Owen Power, ranked Top 3 across the board for the NHL 2021 entry draft. A 6'5", 215 lb. defender who put up good offensive numbers for the USHL's Chicago Steel before moving to the Wolverines. His high ranking attests to his potential.
    • Freshman University of Michigan Centerman Matthew Beniers, ranked Top 20 for the 2021 draft. He played a big supporting role in the Team USA gold medal run during the just-completed World Junior Championships, giving him the kind of exposure that will probably bump him up in the rankings. His offensive numbers with the National Team the two previous seasons also support his resume as a future NHL-er.
     
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    The latest collection of USCHO.com "This Week in (insert conference name here) Hockey" previews ...
     
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    Does anyone watch st cloud? Nick perbix a 6'4 dman drafted by tampa currently going over point per game. How does he look? NHL potential? Etc

    Also, Cameron Wright out of Bowling-Green.
     
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    Interesting to see former NHL head coach Mike Babcock behind the University of Vermont bench as a "volunteer assistant coach" for the Catamounts men's team. I guess everyone needs a hobby in retirement.
     
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    Congratulations to the Vermont men's squad on the first victory of their shortened season (now 1-4-2), defeating the visiting Maine Black Bears this afternoon by a score of 5-4. The Catamounts doubled their previous 6-game GF total for the season, played a clean but physical game and displayed a strong team defensive effort in all three zones (despite what the final score would indicate). A very impressive outing by first year Head Coach Tom Woodcraft's boys.

    That leaves U of Maine as the only winless Hockey East men's team @ 0-4-1, if you don't count the Boston Terriers who are scheduled tonight to FINALLY play their first game this season.
     
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