Hockey East Preview: #10 Vermont

This is the start of my Hockey East preview. Feel free to comment with your own input, or let me know if I’ve missed anything. Without further ado, here goes:

#10: University of Vermont

Key Departures

-Rob Madore (G): .875% SV, 3.78 GAA

-Sebastian Stalberg (F): 12-19-31

Drew MacKenzie (D): 7-16-23

Key Returning Players:

-Kyle Reynolds (F): 10-13-23

-Nick Bruneteau (D): 2-16-18

-Connor Brickley (F): 9-3-12

-Michael Paliotta (D): 4-6-10

Key Arrivals:

-Robert Polesello (F): 15-16-31 (USHL)

-Jacob Fallon (F): 13-33-46 (USHL)

-Billy Faust (G): 2.86 GAA, .913% SV (BCHL)

Overview

Vermont had a truly abysmal year last year, going 6-27-1 overall, with a 3-23-1 record within Hockey East. They started poorly with a 2-7-1 record in the first 10 games, and ended with 5 straight losses. To add insult to injury, Vermont’s top scorer, Sebastien Stalberg signed a pro deal and left school early, and Vermont’s prized recruit, 1st round NHL draft pick Vemgus Girgensons signed a deal with Buffalo. Vermont had a lot of problems, namely scoring (they didn’t have any), and goaltending (it was bad). With Madore gone and Alex Vazzano transferring, Vermont will have to rely on 2 new freshmen. Freshmen have in the past done good work, but they are an intangible at best, as goalies seem especially hard to gauge with how they’ll do in D-1 based on stats.

Vermont has some nice scoring talent coming in, led to by Jacob Fallon and Robert Polesello, and their defense returns 5 of 6 starters. Vermont will likely improve this year, but given how tough Hockey East is every year, I don’t see them making the playoffs again.

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