|No, this is not baby Emma. Sorry. This is DDC's giddy face.|
DDC is bouncing up and down like baby Emma with a poopy diaper, but certainly in much happier spirits.
"Giddy" is a good choice of words, right?
Let's get into it, shall we?
DDC's NCAA Preseason RankingsThe march to the 2016 Frozen Four in Tampa is on.
Here's how DDC sees the Top 20 coming into the 2015-16 campaign:
2) Boston College
4) North Dakota
5) Minnesota State
6) Boston University
7) Nebraska Omaha
10) St. Cloud State
13) Bowling Green
18) Michigan Tech
19) St. Lawrence
20) Notre Dame
|Denver F, Danton Heinen|
BC loses Noah Hanafin and Michael Matheson, both outstanding defenseman, but still carry stalwarts Steven Santini and Ian McCoshen. That duo in front of Thatcher Demko, seems to be one of the best.
UMD returns a bunch of dynamic scoring and North Dakota sports a blue line that could be the best in the country.
3) North Dakota
4) Nebraska Omaha
5) St. Cloud State
7) Western Michigan
8) Colorado College
Had to mimic the Top 20 rankings, here. Man, is this conference loaded, or what? Nebraska Omaha could turn some heads again this year. Lots of scoring on that team that returns a bunch of quality forwards. If North Dakota gets the scoring that expects to out of Brock Boeser and the rest of the incoming freshman, UND could very well defend its Penrose Cup.
Preseason All-NCHC TeamF- Danton Heinen, Denver
F- Drake Caggiula, North Dakota
F- Trevor Moore, Denver
D- Andy Welinski, Minnesota-Duluth
D- Paul LaDue, North Dakota
G- Kasimir Kaskisuo, Minnesota-Duluth
Player of the Year: Heinen
Defenseman of the Year: LaDue
Rookie of the Year: F, Brock Boeser, North Dakota
Lots of names nearly miss the cut. UNO forward Austin Ortega, UMD forwards Dom Toninato and Alex Iafallo, Miami forward Sean Kuraly and UND defenseman Troy Stecher are hard to leave off, but DDC likes his picks. Miami rookie forward Jack Roslovic could push Boeser for ROY honors.
Freshman goalie Matej Tomek, a third-round NHL pick, and potential, long-term replacement for all-world netminder Zane McIntyre, will not play on Saturday night due to a lingering, preseason injury. Cam Johnson will get the nod early. Johnson struggled mightily in his lone appearance last season, getting yanked in the first period against Lake Superior State, but will have a chance to prove himself a bit against the Bisons.
UND will take care of Manitoba, but will the Green and White faithful see the scoring and goaltending they are looking for? DDC is interested in seeing what Brock Boeser can bring to the ice. The potential is certainly there for the first-round pick.
UND wins 6-2.
Let's get it. Let's go.
It's time to drop the puck.