With the NCHC’s schedule finally official as of this afternoon, it’s time to release the highly-touted, never-wrong LETSGODU Super-Poll™. Once again, coaching and talent on the ice are the key factors in determining the nation’s top-10 collegiate hockey teams. Unsurprisingly, the Pioneers find themselves in the top slot for the 16th season in a row. While others may bristle at our Goddard-Metrics model used by LetsGoDU, we see DU brushing opponents aside by winning the Frozen Four at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.
10. Arizona State – Any squad with Johnny Walker in the lineup makes our poll.
9. Minnesota State University – Our second favorite Maverick squad, from the land of 10,000 Zambonis.
8. Boston College – Finally, the #1 college hockey team…in Boston.
7.Penn State – The cats get nipped come playoff time.
6. Cornell University – This ivy does well but gets clipped come playoff hockey.
5. Massachusetts – Not sure which school from the Bay State but one of them will make it to the 7th spot.
4. Clarkson – The collegiate Golden Knights roll craps after a solid run to the Frozen Four.
3. Minnesota Duluth – While UMD benefits as the largest freshwater inland port in the US, the Bulldogs hit an iceberg at the Frozen Four.
2. North Dakota – The Fighting Hawks are loaded. As one of the drunkest cities in America, they will be manning bar stools instead of podiums to end the season…if they get their virus situation under control in the tundra, at least.
1. Denver – DU has the experience, skill, and more copper than the US mint. That makes them the heavy favorite to bring home Natty #9.
60. Colorado College – The Tigers’ last season to soil the litter box that is Broadmoor World Arena.
** The LetsGoDU Super Poll™ is a scientific analysis using 1,200 Monte Carlo simulations factoring strength of schedule, player statistics, and coaching tendencies. Then, Denver is placed in the one spot, CC is placed last and the rest of the teams more or less settle where they might likely finish.