How many of the highly rated Norwich recruits will turn out to be prime time players; can Castleton finally make the push to unseat Norwich this year; will NEC's European players improve to make a move this year; with Alex DiPietro and Brad Baldelli gone will Babson be able to replace all thoes lost points; can UMass Boston continue the success they had by beating Norwich in the Ecac's last year; Southern Maine has a very good program and excellent coaching so they could do well this year; St. A's, St. Mike's, and U of New England will probable make up the bottom 3 in the league but who knows. There seems to be a lot more unknown's in the East this year but we will all miss Salem who droped out of the league this year. The only prediction I will make is the U of New England will suprise a few teams that take them lightly.
I am probable most familar with the Norwich and Castleton programs after watching a number of games from each program over the years. Castleton in my opinion lack of scoring has been the most obvious factor preventing them from making a move to the top spot in the East. With excellent coaching and a good recruiting class they should be tough again this year. Norwich lost All American Nikita Kashirsky who has continued his success in the ECHL and his play making and points will be hard to replace. Norwich has a lot of very highly rated recruits coming in this year and expectations are very high with the Primelink coming up in a little over two weeks. Norwich inter-squad game will be this Saturday so the fans will have a chance to see the new guys in action. Reguardless how the teams shake out it is going to be another exciting year of hockey. Any comments?