Season Preview ▲ Hockey East Team-By-Team

A couple weeks ago I shared my ballot for the media preseason Hockey East poll where I picked Boston College to win it all and our beloved Minutemen to, unfortunately, finish last yet again.  But with the season nearly upon us it’s time to take a closer look at each team, see what each squad has going for it, and what challenges they may need to overcome between now and March (and for some, April).  This is Hockey East!

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Hockey East Coaches Pick UMass To Finish 12th

Today was Hockey East Media Day and, like the media members over the weekend, the league coaches also picked the Massachusetts hockey team to finish 12th in the 12 school league.  Again, not a big surprise given that the Minutemen are losing their top two players off a squad that finished 12th last year as well.  Will the dueling polls with UMass in last serve as motivation for the players and staff?  We’ll have to see.  Here’s the whole poll:

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UMass Picked To Finish Last in Hockey East Media Poll

With Media Day taking place tomorrow the Hockey East Writers and Broadcasters Association released their preseason poll late last night.  UMass was picked to finish last in the conference.

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View From Section U ▲ FTT 2015-16 Hockey East Preseason Poll

Usually I reveal my preseason Hockey East poll much closer to the beginning of the season when the previews are really ramping up.  However, since the polls are due to the Hockey East Broadcasters & Writers Association in the next few days I sat down and thought it through a littler earlier than usual.  So here we go.

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Montour Named To All-Rookie Team; Kravchenko Snubbed

Brandon Montour was named to the All-Rookie team by the the Hockey East coaches today.  This is a big honor for the former Minuteman and really is a testament to how dominant he was in his short time in Amherst.  As I mentioned earlier in the week I personally did not pick Montour for my ballot for the Hockey East Writers & Broadcasters Association All-Rookie team as I gave the nod to those who played the entirety of the league slate.  But I certainly can understand those would make their selections based on how they played in the league games, even if they didn’t get the chance to play in all of them.

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Montour Makes His Departure Official; FTT Hockey East Awards

Brandon Montour made official what was first reported over the weekend that he indeed is going to forgo his final three years at UMass and sign with the Anaheim DucksI shared my thoughts on the subject on Saturday when his impending departure was first reported.  While I wish UMass fans had gotten to see him in the maroon and white for longer than 21 games, I wish him well in his pro career.

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