Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Best Defence in the WCHA

Recently, Western College Hockey Blog rated each WCHA team based on the skills of their defense. (You can see one of my previous post on their rankings of the WCHA goalies.) The list is as follows:
  1. North Dakota
  2. Denver
  3. Minnesota-Duluth
  4. Wisconsin
  5. St. Cloud
  6. Minnesota State
  7. Minnesota
  8. Colorado College
  9. Bemidji State
  10. Nebraska-Omaha
  11. Alaska-Anchorage
  12. Michigan Tech
The explanation they gave for placing SCSU at number 5:

"There will be a significant changing of the guard on the Husky blue line this season. On one hand, the team lost the heart and soul of their defense in Garrett Raboin, who practically carried a shaky group for the past two seasons, but on the other hand, the Huskies welcome in a significant upgrade in talent on defense with promising NHL draft picks Kevin Gravel and Nick Jensen.

Meanwhile, gigantic Danish defender Oliver Lauridsen was one of the WCHA's most improved players last season and could be a legitimate top pairing defenseman."

While I agree with most of this, and the logic is sound, I do believe that SCSU is underrated at #5. The reason I believe #5 is underrated is because of our impressive incoming class. If players like Kevin Gravel, Nick Jensen, and Brandon Burrell are even half as good as their reputation, I suspect that SCSU's defense will be no lower than #3 in the WCHA. What do you think?


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