Number One Seeds
Minnesota #1 overall
Minnesota is the number one ranked team in the country despite not winning the B1G Ten Tournament. The Golden
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Gophers boast a roster that includes 2014 Frank Pond rookie of year Hudson Fasching and Hobey Baker candidate, Big Ten Player of the Year Adam Wilcox between the pipes. Wilcox’s .933 Save Percentage puts him second in the nation.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers allowed the third fewest goals in the country this year and know how to win games. They might not have many big time scorers but when it’s crunch time don’t count out the Golden Gophers. Minnesota will rely heavily on Wilcox and their 14 NHL draftees.
Boston College #2 overall has had an up and down season in the Hockey East. They finished outside the top four in the Hockey East tournament, yet finished first in the Hockey East with a record of 26-7-4. The Eagles are led by Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau the winner of the 2014 Walter Brown Award as the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
Gaudreau led the Division I in scoring with 32 goals and 37 assists in 37 games on route to claiming his second consecutive Hockey East Player of the Year award.
This will be Boston College’s fifth consecutive trip to the Frozen Four tournament and will rely on seniors Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold alongside Gaudreau and their special teams. The Eagles are one of just two teams to rank in the top 5 of all national teams in both penalty kill and power play.
Union #3 overall
The Union team is a high running team who possess a real threat this year at the Frozen Four tournament having not lost
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since January 31st. Their roster has depth boasting 5 players at the 30 point plateau and a top scorer who won ECAC’s best defencive forward award. When Union scores first look out they are an astonishing 22-3-2. Their best player aside from goaltending and their ECAC defensive forward is Flyers defence prospect Shayne Gostisbehere who is arguably the best defenceman in the country.
The Union Dutchman don’t like to lose having lost just 3 of their 30 games this season and riding a 13-game winning streak into the Frozen Four tournament.
Wisconsin #4 overall
Rounding out the four-number one seeded teams is the B1G Ten Champions the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers should not have won the B1G Ten Championship but they came back to hoist the trophy and now they’re looking to become National Champions. They’re led on the blue line by Buffalo Sabres draft pick Jake McCabe and on offence by Mark Zengerle a top level playmaker.
The Badgers roster boasts 9 players already drafted by NHL teams and are eager to improve on last years first round exit from the Frozen Four tournament.