NCAA Division I Conferences Ranking

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  1. ProspectsFanatic

    ProspectsFanatic Jonatan Berggren

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    Which conference is the hardest to play in in order and possible by what margins (if there is notable gaps)?
    I am trying to assess the value of a point in each league.
     
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    This year it looks to be

    NCHC
    Big Ten
    ECAC
    Hockey East
    WCHA
    Atlantic Hockey
     
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    Dakota Sioux Fly Eagles Fly!!!!

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    This ^^^^^
     
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    So, this ranking changes year to year?

    Now could you tell me, which University has the best ice-hockey program? Boston?
     
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    Kinda, because the teams change from year to year.

    Not really sure if there is a best one right now. Would have said Boston College a few years ago but they have fallen off. The best teams of the past 5 or so years I would say Denver, North Dakota, or Duluth. All have a title and more than one Frozen Four appearance.
     
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    Since the goal of many NCAA Div I men's hockey players is to get to the NHL, it makes sense to me to focus on that level of success in judging which school has "the best ice-hockey program." Greg Wyshynski writing for ESPN.com a couple of months ago ranked his "top 10 ultimate lineups in NCAA men's Division I hockey history" based on players from 10 teams over th last 30 years who had gone on to some success in the NHL. For more current data, the College Hockey, Inc. website published a list sortable by school (and other parameters) of NCAA Div I players chosen in the 2017 NHL draft, which shows Boston U having the highest number for that particular draft. This College Hockey News list of players on current NCAA Div I rosters who have been drafted by NHL teams indicates the University of Minnesota has one more draftee than BU over the last few years.
     
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    And how is it with the study level? I know that it depends mostly on what you want to study. Space science or chemie is difficult. But it is a big jump if you are on Boston College or Harvard? Now looking form hockey players perspective.
     
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    If you look at USA Today's 2016 listing of Top 10 U.S. colleges for men's ice hockey, you'll notice a trend in the university degree course studies for players on their rosters. Lots of social sciences degree pursuits (psychology, economics, political science), not so many in science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM) core studies. The noteworthy exception is Clarkson University, which is a small engineering career-focused institution in Upstate New York with a traditionally good hockey program (men & women). So it seems that the male NCAA Div I hockey player population is inclined to reduce academic challenges while increasing their level of athletic competition.
     
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    CrazyEddie20 Learn the business, dopes!

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    1. You referenced Clarkson but somehow forgot RPI, possibly the nation's best engineering school, which plays in the same conference.
    2. Ask any ECAC student-athlete (well, maybe not Quinnipiac) how reduced their challenge in academics is. You'll get laughed at and/or punched in the face.
    3. USA Today's sports department knows absolutely nothing about college hockey, so don't take their "Top 10" list seriously. Holy Cross is on it, FFS.
     
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    @CrazyEddie20: RPI was omitted from my post simply because it was not included in the USA Today list. But thanks for your rebuttals. Now @alko has some thinking to do.
     
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    CrazyEddie20 Learn the business, dopes!

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    Hopefully that'll teach you not to cite to anything from USA Today not written by Bob Nightengale.
     
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    I will leave such judgments to the reader. It all makes for livelier threads.
     

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