Iíd agree 100% Ė this team will succeed or not based on if any of the current forwards improved significantly or if any of the forwards coming in can score. Shelfit had a really good observation in another thread about how hard it is for traditionally weak programs to get strong since there is not really enough talent to go around. This seems to be the biggest difference in the menís vrs womenís game. In the menís game, you can argue there is too much talent and not enough schools so schools like Union are able to compete (and win!) for national titles if you have the right staff. Read the Penn State thread and their scoring issues with a very respected coach. It seems for whatever reason most top end players would rather play 4th line at a Wisconsin than be presumably 1st line somewhere else (and on full scholarship you would assume). I watched a bit of Harvard this year and they had really only 1 forward who stood out but it resulted in a top 10ish team. An injury or two you go from top 10 to bottom 10 really fast for most programs.
Yes, since women's ice hockey (as opposed to men) is a 'non-revenue sport', anybody can transfer and have immediate eligibility. Though it looks like the rules will change so all sports will allow https://www.si.com/college/oklahomas...tate-complianc
Correct, each conference can set their own rules more strict than the NCAA. Ivy league for example not allowing a redshirt year.
Ivy league does not allow medical redshirts under normal circumstances nor can they be enrolled as a graduate student. Several high end players had to transfer to other schools upon graduation because of these rules. Your daughter would still have a year of eligibility for NCAA, just elsewhere (non-Ivy). Here are a couple of articles.
There are waivers allowed for nearly any rule, but if your D graduated after her 4 years and then applied (and was granted) another year while a grad student, it must have been an exception situation.
She decided not to graduate the red shirt year. She took a 5th year to finish her undergrad.
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