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Joe Gladziszewski (2:02 PM)
Good afternoon and welcome to another chat at SportsNation with the writers and editors from Inside College Hockey. We'll be here for the next 30 minutes taking your questions.
A lot of people around the country have been saying Michigan States National Championship run was luck. They return all their scoring and they still have Jeff Lerg between the pipes. Can the Spartans silence their critics adn repeat?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:05 PM)
The Spartans definitely did the things they needed to do in their four-game run through the NCAA Tournament. It certainly wasn't luck. They executed game plans and made big plays. Their talent level is as good as it was last year, but they'll face some different circumstances as other teams will be more excited to play the defending national championships. They can repeat, but it's not going to be easy.
Matt (Boston, MA)
I was curious how you guys feel about Northeastern. We know they are good in goal but do you think they have enough offense to maybe knock off some perennial powerhouse opponents and move up in the standings?
Steven Roth (Boston, MA)
What are the realistic goals for Northeastern University this year in a "weaker" Hockey East and what do they have to do accomplish those goals? Go Huskies!
Jeff Howe (2:06 PM)
Realistically, Northeastern can finish as high as fifth place in Hockey East. The Huskies need to stay gritty, fight it out in the corners and create situations that allow them to score a few more goals. Brad Thiessen should be a rock in net, and he should grow into a real leader this year.
Jeff in Minny
I love college hockey. How can the sport gain greater exposure? I live in Minneapolis and I'm stuck watching the Gophers every weekend. Do you think we will ever see the day when ESPN or ESPN2 will cover the best match-up of the week instead of celebrity poker?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:10 PM)
Regional sports networks will continue to best serve college hockey because the national interest level isn't there for most of the country.
Buddy (Durham, NH)
Please tell me this is the year the UNH wildcats win it all. With Regan, Van Riemsdyk, and a solid defense, this team has to win it right?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:12 PM)
As in most years, UNH has a chance. Like Michigan State, it's not going to be easy. Regan had a spectacular year last season and we think he's a stong candidate for All-American honors. His play will be very important to the 'Cats. Trevor Smith's points will be difficult to replace.
Hey Guys, glad to have you back! RPI comes back a year older, and with a year of Appert's style under their belt. Add in the #13 ranked recruiting class, and I'm confused why everyone still has them pegged to finish 9th in the ECAC. What worries you guys?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:14 PM)
We're glad to be had. Or something. A ninth-place projection isn't so much a reflection on RPI as it is the rest of the league. The Engineers will definitely be better. But I don't know that they'll be better than the teams ahead of them. There's still a lot of work to be done before they're a top-four team in ECAC Hockey, and that middle of the pack with teams like Harvard, Colgate, and Dartmouth is still very strong.
I've been hearing alot about how solid Miami is going to be this year. And coaches poll even picked them ahead of Michigan State to win the CCHA. I was just wondering what your take is and if they really are as good as advertised? thanks
Hey guys, will the Redhawks finally live up to the hype and make it to the Frozen Four this, my senior year?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:16 PM)
On to the RedHawks. Optimism is high, as it should be. There's lots to be excited about in Oxford ... and they've got a great hockey team too. Miami's high ratings in the preseason are based on their solid overall depth, and the players that are returning. Nathan Davis is a definite All-American and a strong Hobey candidate. Jeff Zatkoff is a very good goaltender, and we expect that he'll get a bigger workload this year than he has over his first two seasons. If he responds well to getting 30-35 starts instead of 25 or so, Miami will be in great shape.
3 players from North Dakota on your Preseason All-American team??? If that is really the case, might as well give the trophy to UND now!
Joe Gladziszewski (2:18 PM)
Having the most talented team doesn't mean that team will win. Michigan State taught us that last year. Chorney, Duncan, and Oshie are definitely three of the best players and we strongly felt that they belonged on the first team for our INCH Preseason All-Americans.
Alright, who do you like to win the tournaments this weekend?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:20 PM)
Obviously a lot of people will be focused on the Icebreaker Tournament with Minnesota, Boston College, Michigan, and Rensselaer. Big-time programs in that one and all have significant questions to answer after players graduated or signed pro contracts. I'll take the Gophers to win that one in front of a friendly crowd.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:23 PM)
I'll also be interested to see how things develop in Dayton. Will Notre Dame display the same, solid performance that they did during last year's regular season? Is Ohio State ready for a bounceback season and a return to the NCAAs, or at least to the CCHAs in Detroit? How about Wisconsin's rookies and how does Mercyhurst stack up?
As a Brown Alum, I am excited about this year with the core of vet players and goalie Dan Rosen. What are your thoughts about Brown being able to make some real noise in the ECAC this season?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:25 PM)
Brown's a funny team. They look good on paper and could surprise a lot of people by pulling off a few upsets and moving into the upper half of the league standings. First thing they've got to do is turn around some results in close games. Turning those losses and ties into a few Ws will make a difference.
I guess you can kind of count Davis from Miami of Ohio as a player from a minor conference, but not really. Can you give us 1 or 2 players from a small conference/school that can be a Hobey finalist?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:26 PM)
Air Force's Eric Ehn is a definite candidate, and was a Hobey Hat Trick finalist last year. Ted Cook of Niagara is another guy to keep your eye on. He scored a ton of goals last year. Tyler Burton of Colgate is another guy that has a chance.
Kenny (Ohio State)
Hey guys, I know you don't have much time. But can you quickly explain the draft rules. If a player is drafted, can he go back to college? Can he be redrafted by another team?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:29 PM)
Quickly ... players are drafted in the NHL by age, not by their amateur status. Once drafted, they're allowed to continue their development in college, junior hockey, or in the minor leagues. Once a player signs a pro contract, he's ineligible to play in the NCAA, but could play in some other leagues.
Jonathan (Chicago, IL)
Do you think the Wisconsin Badgers Number one Freshman recruiting class will help bring them back to the Frozen Four?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:31 PM)
Yes, but indirectly, and not this year. This class gives Wisconsin recruiting momentum, and will make it more attractive for players to go to Madison next year, and in following years. The overall improvement of the program will get them back to the Frozen Four, if not the achievements and contributions of this specific class, which is a great one.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:32 PM)
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