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Coaches, media project their top teams by conference for 2018-19.

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Returning All-American Matt Galajda and Cornell are the preseason favorites in ECAC Hockey (Photo by Riley Joslin).

As the Oct. 6 puck drop for the 2018-19 season rapidly approaches, conferences are releasing preseason coaches’ and media polls projecting the favorites entering the campaign.

National Polls

NCAA Tournament teams from last season top the preseason polls in five of the six conferences, while Boston College edged Providence in the Hockey East poll after narrowly missing the tournament a year ago.

Boston College, Cornell and Minnesota State are 2017-18 regular-season champions predicted to repeat, while defending NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth is the preseason pick in the NCHC.

Only one of the six preseason favorites in 2017-18 went on to win its conference (Minnesota State in the WCHA).


Atlantic Hockey Coaches’ Poll

1. Air Force (7) 97 points
2. Canisius (4) 92
3. Robert Morris 66
4. Mercyhurst 65
5. AIC 60
6. Army West Point 55
7. RIT 49
8. Holy Cross 40
9. Bentley 31
10. Sacred Heart 29
11. Niagara 21

Big Ten Coaches’ Poll

1. Ohio State
2. Michigan
3. Notre Dame
4. Minnesota
5. Penn State
6. Wisconsin
7. Michigan State

ECAC Hockey Coaches’ Poll

1. Cornell (8) 117 points
2. Princeton (4) 106
3. Union 97
4. Clarkson 92
5. Harvard 89
5. Yale 64
7. Quinnipiac 63
8. Dartmouth 54
9. Colgate 36
10. Rensselaer 28
  St. Lawrence 28
12. Brown 18

ECAC Hockey Media Poll

1. Cornell (16) 246 points
2. Princeton (4) 217
3. Clarkson 200
4. Union 193
5. Harvard (1) 180
6. Dartmouth 126
7. Yale 124
8. Quinnipiac 119
9. Colgate 92
10. Rensselaer 56
11. Brown 47
12. St. Lawrence 40

Hockey East Coaches’ Poll

1. Boston College (5) 93 points
2. Providence (4) 92
3. Boston University (1) 84
4. Northeastern (1) 66
5. Maine 61
6. Massachusetts 56
7. UMass Lowell 52
8. Connecticut 41
9. New Hampshire 26
10. Vermont 19
11. Merrimack 15

Hockey East Media Poll

1. Providence (9)
2. Boston College (8)
3. Boston University (2)
4. Northeastern (1)
5. Maine
6. UMass Lowell
7. Massachusetts
8. Connecticut
9. Vermont
10. New Hampshire
11. Merrimack

NCHC Media Poll

1. Minnesota Duluth (20) 209 points
2. St. Cloud State (6) 182
3. North Dakota 150
4. Western Michigan 121
5. Denver (1) 115
6. Colorado College 98
7. Omaha 61
8. Miami 36

WCHA Coaches’ Poll

1. Minnesota State (7) 88 points
2. Northern Michigan (2) 80
3. Bowling Green 76
4. Michigan Tech (1) 64
5. Bemidji State 54
6. Ferris State 49
7. Lake Superior State 40
8. Alaska 36
9. Alabama Huntsville 35
10. Alaska Anchorage 18

WCHA Media Poll

1. Minnesota State (13) 182
2. Bowling Green (1) 159
3. Northern Michigan (5) 150
4. Michigan Tech 133
5. Bemidji State 110
6. Ferris State 102
7. Alabama Huntsville 69
8. Lake Superior State 57
9. Alaska 47
10. Alaska Anchorage 28