2_______Boston College (HEA-1)
3t______St. Cloud State (NCHC-2)
6_______Ferris State (WCHA-1)
9_______North Dakota (NCHC-1)
10______Notre Dame (HEA-7)
we've had 3 regular season's end, 2 will end this coming weekend, and the final in two weeks. so it's not too early to start to review and discuss (especially considering my team will be done at this time next week )
we have SIX hockey east teams in the top 16
FOUR ecac teams
THREE b1g squads
and one WCHA.
right now colgate (ecac) would lose out due to the autobid to the AHA.
6 hea teams is more than i thought.
b1g seems about right.
i thought nchc would have 3 or 4.
wcha has the 17th team right now, but if we get upsets it is going to be tough to move down that list and get teams in.
ecac will get 3? ok.
i figured the b1g super conference would hurt themselves as the parity/beating up each other would have a lot of teams with records that wouldn't fly and ****** their chances of making the ncaa tournament. that outcome really impacted the nchc though. you have three teams (4-6) with .500'ish records that are not getting in and have decent ooc marks this year (~ 6-3-3).
so are conferences going to rethink how they schedule? nchc on the face of it has too many conference games. notre dame is 7th in hea with a .500 record but went 11-3-0 ooc. those 11 wins are more ooc games than some nchc had available to play.
and after uconn moves to hea next year, there will be 21 teams in two conference that probably have the 2 slots (add another if an upset occurs in their conf tournament) to make the ncaa tournament. 36% of the teams then get 12.5% while 64% get 87.5%. is that healthy to the 'growth'?