The Hockey East coaches’ poll is finally out, and if they are psychics with a 100% accuracy rating, the Cats will finish 8th in the conference.
The Catamounts received 57 points in the poll, 6 points behind 7th place UConn and 4 ahead of 9th place Merrimack.
The poll drops off considerably after 6th place BC, with 28 points separating them and UConn. The big 6 in Hockey East this year is a murderer’s row, as seen by the fact that five Hockey East teams are in the top 10 of the first USCHO poll (with Northeastern at #15).
I think the Cats can leapfrog UConn and then you never know in the tournament, but anyone penciling them in for top 5 in HEA in the regular season is kidding themselves. The big 6 are just too good.
Preseason preview coming this week.