Next up is Vermont. Vermont had a rough time last year, they lost most of their offense, and despite a veteran defense and a solid goaltender, they struggled during the year and finished 7th. This upcoming year, the team looks slightly better, but not much.
In terms of in the net, Madore will look to improve upon his last season, where he went .,907 save percentage and a 2.98 GAA. If Vermont is to do better, he’ll need to do better with those numbers.
In terms of defense, Vermont loses 3 seniors who were mainstays on the team. They will replace them with 3 USHLers, including one from the US National Team, and will look to see an increase in ice time from their freshmen.
For offense, Vermont will need to really step up their game. Vermont was 9th in the league in goals scored, and they lose 2 of their 3 top goal scorers. They’ll need for forwards like Sebastien Stalberg and Connor Brickley to really step up scoring. They have some recruits that will likely provide some support, but if Vermont’s going to do better they’ll need to have their players already on the team improve.
Overall, Vermont will likely get by on a lot of low scoring, tight games that they usually excel at, but if they want to do better than 6th, they’ll need to see improved goaltending, a tight defense, and higher scoring offense.