Hey everyone, Back for my annual post. Would love to see everyone's predictions regarding what they believe the standings are going to look like in the AUS this year. Which will be different, due to the fact that we don't have the powerhouse of UNB like the last few years, I'll give it a go here. 1. StFX: I really argued with myself on this one, as I predicted big things for them in the regular season last year and they were disappointing, however; they were stellar in the playoffs.....upon until the U Cup. It is just too hard to not pick this team, they graduated one player, and brought in some stellar recruits, especially in Centorame. Hard not to take this team. 2. SMU: I think with the pieces that Acadia and UNB both lost this is going to allow for Steiny's boys to jump into the bye with X. Garlent is going to be stellar and improve on his year last year, and they brought in some very nice additions. This team will give the X-Men a run. 3. UNB: People who think this team is going to slip as dramatically as some are saying, don't know what MacDougall has going on in Fredericton. Do I think they are a powerhouse again? No. Will they be in "rebuild mode?" No. I think this team remains a top three team in the AUS, and will beat SMU and X at points during the season. They will not slip as far as some people may think. 4. Acadia: Burnsie has had a good thing going over the last few years.....during the regular season. They may be bragging about their bronze medal last year at Nationals, but lets not forget two consecutive early outings in the playoffs. This team has big and slow defence and are playing on Olympic ice, someone explain the sense of that to me? Also, they try to play rough and tough, with a team that isn't rough and tough, which leads to bad penalties, and power play opportunities, with the loss of key pieces, they slip this year. 5. UPEI: This team just can't decide if they want to be a bottom feeder, or if they want to be a contender. They show flashes of both at times during the regular season, but cannot hold on to either distinction, Forbes will say this team is going to win the National Championship this year, but I'll believe that one when I see it. 6. DAL: This is the year. It would have happened last year had Boes not gotten injured, but the Tigers will make the playoffs this year. Honestly, they may even finish in fifth, I think it is going to come down to the head-to-head series with UPEI. 7. UdeM: I don't think this needs much explanation. This team is headed in the right direction, but it's going to be a tough year for the Aigles. These are my pre-pre season predictions, and as well know this league can be wild, and these could go very quickly out the window, for fun I will include my playoff tree prediction below. Round One: X/SMU: Bye UNB 2 - DAL 0 ACA 2 - UPEI 1 Round Two: X 3 - ACA 1 SMU 3 - UNB 2 Round Three X 2 - SMU 1 X wins again and goes on to the U Cup with SMU and UNB. Can't wait to see how wrong I am in March.