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
-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
-Robert Polesello (F): 15-16-31 (USHL)
-Jacob Fallon (F): 13-33-46 (USHL)
-Billy Faust (G): 2.86 GAA, .913% SV (BCHL)
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.