UMass Lowell No. 1 in CHN Preseason Top 10

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Christian Folin scores on Wisconsin during NCAA Regionals. (Photo/Justin Soderberg/View from 123)

Monday afternoon, College Hockey News announced their NCAA Division I preseason rankings which include four Hockey East Schools.

UMass Lowell came in on the top of the list followed by Miami. Other Hockey East Schools in the top 10 are Boston College (4), Notre Dame (7) and Providence (9).

After a successful year for the UMass Lowell River Hawks, here is what those over at CHN had to say about this coming season’s team:

The River Hawks started out slow last season, en route to a strong finish that saw them take the Hockey East regular-season and tournament championships, as well as a Frozen Four berth. Expect the same results this time around, but without the hiccups. Connor Hellebucyk emerged as a top-notch starter in his first season, though a sophomore slump could be mitigated by the man he beat out for the job, senior Doug Carr. Defensive leader Chad Ruhwedel and team captain Riley Wetmore are gone, but a talented group are ready to pick up the slack. Up front, junior Scott Wilson, senior Joseph Pendenza and senior Derek Arnold will be the go-to scorers. Defensively, sophomore Christian Folin is back after flirting with the idea of going pro.

This is the first of many preseason polls to be announced over the next few weeks. As River Hawk fans saw last season, being highly ranked at the beginning of the season can effect how the team performs. Will this season be different?

The CHN Top 10 Rankings:

1. UMass Lowell
2. Miami
3. Wisconsin
4. Boston College
5. North Dakota
6. Minnesota
7. Notre Dame
8. Michigan
9. Providence
10. Minnesota State

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Justin Soderberg has covered the UMass Lowell River Hawks and Hockey East for over two years. Soderberg also contributes to Boston Bruins coverage for Inside Hockey. Follow him on twitter: @JMSoderberg