In looking at the first few weeks of the college hockey season play out, I feel that the pollsters in the early goings of each of the two polls have it tough. You simply cannot see every one of the fifty-nine Division I hockey teams in a given weekend, and the sample size for ranking teams has been small to say the very least.
That’s why I’ve made the conscious decision to not track polls on a weekly basis in this column, as it would be a poor representation of who is truly good versus who is “bad.”
What I will do though is give you rankings in a system not endorsed by the NCAA directly. KRACH--Ken’s Ratings for American College Hockey—is endorsed by College Hockey News as “the best system to objectively rank teams.” As such, the top five teams in this system see two Big Ten teams in Minnesota and Michigan go one-two, followed by New Hampshire, Lake Superior State, and Notre Dame.
Four of those top five don’t have a loss to their records yet, and New Hampshire has actually seen one of the other teams in the top five once. Remember that the Minnesota Golden Gophers handed UNH a loss at the season opening Ice Breaker event in Minneapolis.
In conclusion, I don’t see KRACH as the best way to rank teams, but it is more objective than either of the two polls endorsed by the NCAA can be at this early stage of the season.
Geoff Discher is Examiner.com's National College Hockey Examiner as well as the Minnesota Golden Gophers Hockey Examiner. Leave a comment below, or feel free to reach him at Disch61@hotmail.com with comments, story ideas, or any general talk surrounding college hockey. You can find him on Facebook as well by clicking here and here, joining the conversation from the social media side as well. He's always chock full of fact and opinion.
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