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Joe Gladziszewski (2:30 PM)
Welcome to our weekly chance to discuss college hockey with you, as Inside College Hockey writers and editors will be here for the next 30 minutes to discuss what's going on around the nation.
Maine went from being ranked #3 in hockey east in preseason to now #1 in the country. Do they have the team to go all the way?
Jeff Howe (2:31 PM)
If the national championship were tomorrow, I'd say yes, but it's still October. Regardless, you can't be anything but excited for Maine's prospects after the hot start. Bishop looks superb, and they're scoring without Greg Moore.
If Cornell wins the ECAC this year, which players will be the main reason why?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:34 PM)
I'll have a better handle on Cornell after seeing them tonight at Lynah Rink in their season-opener. With Cornell, it starts with goaltending, and Troy Davenport has been impressive in a scrimmage and exhibition game so far. Over the last three seasons, Mike Schafer and his assistants have been bringing in more skilled offensive players. Look for those newcomers to step up with Matt Moulson being gone. Topher Scott could have a big year.
nick (las vegas)
This is two years in a row that Providence has come out and played decent non league teams and comeout flat. Do you see them picking it up and contending in Hockey East?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:35 PM)
I picked Providence to finish fifth in Hockey East this year, and I still believe the Friars have the coaching and personnel to do that. The slow start makes you scratch your head and wonder if last year's slow finish is carrying over.
What's your thoughts on the chances for Nebraska-Omaha to build off their inaugural NCAA bid last season and get back to the Big Skate?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:38 PM)
Scott Parse is one of the best players in the country, but he'll need some of his teammates to pick up the slack. The CCHA is a very strong conference and if the Mavs play well in the league, they'll help their chances for an at-large berth to the tournament. They had a decent start, and now have eight consecutive CCHA games to see how this season develops.
Vin (Long Island)
Any chance my Union Dutchmen make an impact in the ECAC this year?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:40 PM)
Union has improved every year since Nate Leaman took over. He's getting players that fit the program's values and has nice depth at the forward positions. Augie DiMarzo, TJ Fox, and Josh Coyle are very good young players.
With so many good young players being role players now in the NHL, has that taken away from the talent pool in College Hockey. It seems that most high draft picks are from the canadian junior leagues or overseas.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:44 PM)
That's only a perception because only 2-3 players from every draft go right into the NHL. Cases like Ovechkin, Crosby, and the Staals are rare. In the last three drafts, eight college or college-bound players were taken in the first round in 2006, eight more in 2005, and seven in 2004. Jack Johnson, Erik Johnson, Jonathan Toews and Phil Kessel didn't go straight to the league, but they're highly regarded prospects.
Where do the Gophers fit into the National Title picture? They are very young, but probably the most talented team in the country.
Mike Eidelbes (2:47 PM)
Boston College proved last year that by the time the NCAA Tournament rolls around, youth is irrelevant. As a group, the Eagles' freshmen were very good late in the season. Minnesota's goaltending isn't as good as BC's was last year and the Eagles benefitted from a fantastic group of upperclassmen (Collins, Harrold, Boyle, Gionta) ... but if the Gophers' freshmen, who are off to a terrific start, continue to improve, look out.
What is the deal with Notre Dame spanking BC and Providence, are they for real?
Tim: (Kalamazoo, MI)
What are Notre Dame's chances of making the playoffs this season?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:49 PM)
They're getting better, and that's evident. We'll wait to see how good they'll be over the course of the season, but their young players are scoring and they're adapting to the systems and styles being put in place by coach Jeff Jackson. I'd expect the Irish to have a home playoff series for the opening weekend of the CCHA playoffs, finishing somewhere between fifth and eighth.
Chris, Los Angeles, CA
Kings fans will be anxiously and closely wathcing the performance of Minnesota D-man Jack Johnson. How does he do this year in college?
Mike Eidelbes (2:50 PM)
I've yet to see him play in person this season, but physically, he's ready to make the leap to the next level. The biggest question has been whether he's mentally ready for pro hockey -- he had a tendency to take some ill-advised penalties last season -- but that hasn't been a problem thus far. The most exciting thing for Kings fans is that Johnson's got three goals and five points in four games. I think he can have a Rob Blake-like impact on offense.
Alan (New Hampshire)
Is Teddy Purcell of Maine as good as they say? He is only a freshman but is playing exceptional thus far. Who are the other top freshman in the country?
Jeff Howe (2:52 PM)
Purcell is certainly a prized recruit for Whitehead, and his start (a team-leading five goals on top of two assists) sheds hope for optimism. As with all freshmen, though, you've got to wonder how long he can keep this pace up in a longer season with a grueling conference schedule.
Ryan (Denver, CO)
Are the pioneers going keep switching golies or are thay going to choose one and stick with him?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:54 PM)
Denver coach George Gwozdecky has never been afraid of using an alternating starting goalie system, but that's not because he thinks you need two goalies playing well, nor would he hesitate to go with one starter for an extended stretch. He's been in a position in recent seasons where switching the starter gave his team the best chance to win on consecutive nights. I won't predict how he'll go, but I will say that he'll do whatever gives his team the best chance to win.
Ryan (St. Louis)
You mentioned how superb Ben Bishop has looked thus far. I know it's kinda hard to determine this now, but how well do you think he'll translate to the NHL?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:57 PM)
Ben Bishop's best asset is his size. Sports fans always say that it's not something you can teach. He's huge, and he's also very mobile and likes to play the puck. Once his overall game rounds into form, I think he'll be a very good NHL goalie. Keep in mind that goalies develop later than most other players. Ryan Miller was one of college hockey's most dominant goalies of all time, and just now, five years later, he's having that same success with the Sabres.
Oh my god, a chat about college hockey. People, we need to get a life. Next, ESPN the Ocho will have a chat about 4th and 5th grade ping pong matches in Bejing with Berman, Jackson and Irvin.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:59 PM)
We'll have our first look at Ping Pong Recruiting Rankings in the near future. But we thank the college hockey fans for the great questions and discussion again this week.