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Joe Gladziszewski (2:01 PM)
Hello and thanks for stopping by to talk college hockey with us. We'll be here for at least the next 30 minutes to answer your questions.
I think most would agree that UNH has surprised in the first half of the season. They seem to be for real and do you think they can navigate through Hockey East for rest of the season and finally have a chance to win it all?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:03 PM)
I had a chance to see UNH early in the season and again on television last week and have been really impressed with the Wildcats. I like their scoring depth, but also that they have a big-time top line to carry them if and when that needs to be the case. Also like what Matt DiGirolamo is giving them in net. There are five good teams atop Hockey East. I think UNH is as good as any, and definitely capable of stringing together four wins during the NCAA Tournament.
rodney (new jersey)
What do you guys really think about Union? I know they're a good team (I've watched them take it to my team a few times over the last few years) but six of their 10 wins are blowouts over Atlantic Hockey teams and many of their individual and team stats are inflated by those results.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:05 PM)
I could see why Union might have its doubters based on its wins, but in putting together the INCH Power Rankings one comment from another editor, Mike Eidelbes, was that he liked how they were really beating the teams that they should beat. Union has a couple of nice tests coming up before getting back to conference play, this weekend at Western Michigan and then at Minnesota's holiday tournament. I would be surprised if Union DIDN'T make the NCAA Tournament.
Matt Ambroz and Terry Broadhurst have been awesome for Nebraska-Omaha going forward while John Faulkner has been solid in net all year for the Mavs. With the way Dean Blais has this team playing, do you see at least an NCAA tournament birth/a couple of wins?
Jess Myers (2:07 PM)
The Mavs are a solid NCAA tournament team right now. Of course, we're a long way from March, and we have yet to see how they'll fare over a full WCHA season. But if the field were announced today, the Mavs would be included.
Hey guys, does Yale deserve to be called #1 in the nation? They haven't really played any teams that merit such a ranking, have they?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:10 PM)
Teams are ranked on how they do, not how their opponents do. Yale hasn't played as difficult a schedule as some other teams, but those other teams have as many as four or five losses. Yale has one, and just drilled a pretty good Union team.
The guy is a proven winner, but how does John Muse project as a pro? I'm not even sure he's been drafted.
Mike Eidelbes (2:11 PM)
His measurables (height, weight) aren't prototypical, but he's certainly got a track record as a winner. I think he could be a borderline AHL-NHLer, maybe in the mold of another ex-Boston goalie named John -- BU's John Curry.
Ryan F. (Sheboygan, WI)
Do you think Matt Frattin's (UND) previous run-ins with the law and later recovery from problems he was facing in his life would help or hurt him with regards to a Hobey consideration? Thanks.
Jess Myers (2:13 PM)
Frattin's return to relevance from the depths of his dismissal from the team less than two years ago is a great story of redemption. I think once the full story of the lengths he went to making amends is told, his past will be less important to his possible Hobey candidacy.
Mystery Guest (Who am I, USA?)
OK gentlemen, time to play a fun game before Christmas. The game is called Do You Think I'm A Good Hockey Team? You don't get to see my location or nickname or uniform. Just my accomplishments so far.> 5-1-2 record vs teams below .500> 3-3-2 record vs. teams above .500> 2-3-1 record vs. TUCs> 5 of my 8 wins have come vs. teams with 3 wins or less.> win % of teams I beat - 0.437> win % of teams I tied - 0.500> win % of teams I lost to - 0.629
Joe Gladziszewski (2:15 PM)
Boy oh boy, what a fun game. Yes, I do think you're a good team. Best team in the nation? Nope. You've shown that you're taking care of business against teams that you should beat, and are right in there very competitively against peer teams with winning records and in consideration for NCAA Tournament spots. Definitely in the top-10, like Maine. Wait, what?
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
With Michigan Stadium having the Largest Crowd in history for College Hockey, Do you think that Michigan Stadium will be used in the Future for the NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day?
Mike Eidelbes (2:17 PM)
I'd be shocked if the NHL doesn't bring the Winter Classic to Ann Arbor in the near future with the Red Wings playing the Maple Leafs. One hurdle, however, is that Michigan would certainly want a guarantee that its world record for attendance isn't broken.
Chris (Eau Claire)
If you could pick one or two college hockey teams to do a "Caps-Pens 24/7"-type TV show with, which teams would it be and why?
Mike Eidelbes (2:18 PM)
A 24/7 on the 2003-04 Denver team to win the NCAA title in Boston would've been terrific, because those guys were nuts. To make for a compelling story, it'd have to be a couple of teams that have a great rivalry -- like a BU-BC, Michigan-Michigan State. I think I'd like to see North Dakota-Minnesota, though.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:19 PM)
Quick follow-up, that DU team in '04 was nuts in a good way. Filled with tons of great personalities. That would've made for awesome TV.
tom (Schenectady ny)
DO u think RPI could make the ncaa tourny this year with the way they are playing?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:21 PM)
RPI definitely has a shot. Their recent win over Boston University was a great boost of confidence for that team, and very telling that they went out and played and expected to win. The Engineers believe they're close to being a top team in the nation and are playing like it. It'll be close, but I expect RPI to be in the mix for an NCAA tournament spot right up to the end of the year.
Will we have to wait until the NCAA tournament to find out if Yale is for real?
Joe Gladziszewski (2:23 PM)
Yale is for real. People less familiar with the Bulldogs will wait until then and make a decision based on previously-held assumptions about the strength of Yale's conference and opponents.
Just throwing a question out here for fun...what are the best jobs in college hockey? As far as money, recruiting base, facilities, fans passions, etc. Is moving up the ladder similar as in basketball and football? Thanks and love the site.
Mike Eidelbes (2:24 PM)
North Dakota would be on the top of my list. Great rink, passionate fans, and a great tradition of developing pro players. One to watch is Notre Dame -- Jeff Jackson has been getting outstanding recruits and they're opening a new arena next season.
hdog100 (new york)
Will the Knicks get Carmelo?
Mike Eidelbes (2:24 PM)
I know the answer to that question, but I can't tell you because 'Melo has a strict anti-snitch policy. I think he even did a PSA about it.
Mark (St. Paul)
Based on Midseason reviews, give me you best guess at the Frozen Four participants right now.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:26 PM)
Ah yes, our predict-the-Frozen in December sweepstakes. Most likely top teams to me based on what I've seen so far have been Yale, North Dakota, Boston College and New Hampshire.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:28 PM)
Also, might drop a point in here about the CCHA. I think the top teams in that league are all very good, and all pretty evenly matched. As a result, you're going to get a lot of splits/ties/losses. But the teams that do get in the NCAAs from that league will be tested and ready for the close games they'll be involved in.
Katy (Durham, NH)
If you were scouting, who would be the best undrafted player you see in college hockey right now?
Mike Eidelbes (2:29 PM)
Give me Carter Camper of Miami. He's scoring nearly two points per game and he's one of those guys who makes everyone around him better. And because he played at Miami, you know he's defensively responsible, too.
Joe Gladziszewski (2:32 PM)
Thanks for stopping by to talk college hockey. We'll be off next week but back on New Year's Eve for another chat.