The Daily Dose – Tuesday

Good morning.

The federal government may be shut down, but the NHL is not this year.

The league is set to get going tonight with three games, including Winnipeg’s opener at Edmonton.

By my count, eight former UND players will play on opening night for their teams. Four of them are team captains — Jonathan Toews wears the ‘C’ for Chicago, while Matt Greene (Los Angeles), Zach Parise (Minnesota) and Travis Zajac (New Jersey) will wear As for their teams.

Brock Nelson will start this year where he ended the last one — with the New York Islanders. Nelson’s fellow Warroad Warrior, T.J. Oshie, opens the season with the Blues on Thursday at home against Nashville. Matt Frattin will begin his Kings career in Minnesota against the Wild on Thursday.

Brian Lee, a Tampa Bay defenseman, is still recovering from his injury he sustained in the AHL playoffs last season.

Yahoo made its preseason awards prediction, and writers are pegging Toews as a possible MVP candidate and a favorite to repeat as Selke Trophy winner. Read that here.

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The USCHO preseason top 20 poll was released Monday afternoon. UND is ranked seventh, which is also where I had the team in the Herald’s preseason section. One thing you’ll notice from the poll: Every NCHC team received at least 11 votes in the top 20.

Of all the teams in the poll, I think the one everyone continues to miss the boat on is Omaha. The Mavs only received 16 votes, and since I had them No. 8, that means 13 of them were from me. So, of 45 voters, at least 41 had them unranked.

Of course, I could be the one missing the boat on the Mavs, but we’ll find out as the season goes along.

I also think Duluth is being underrated. The Bulldogs received 18 votes and I think that 10 of them were from me.

Team (First Place) Record Pts
1 Massachusetts-Lowell (19) 0- 0-0 844
2 Miami (14) 0- 0-0 837
3 Wisconsin (2) 0- 0-0 740
4 Boston College 0- 0-0 728
5 Minnesota (1) 0- 0-0 660
6 Yale (8) 0- 0-0 644
7 North Dakota 0- 0-0 636
8 Notre Dame 0- 0-0 575
9 St. Cloud State 0- 0-0 513
10 Quinnipiac (1) 0- 0-0 419
11 Michigan 0- 0-0 417
11 Minnesota State 0- 0-0 417
13 New Hampshire 0- 0-0 354
14 Providence 0- 0-0 271
15 Rensselaer 0- 0-0 266
16 Union 0- 0-0 258
17 Denver 0- 0-0 241
18 Western Michigan 0- 0-0 117
19 Boston University 0- 0-0 113
20 Niagara 0- 0-0 94

Others receiving votes: Cornell 80, Ferris State 67, Harvard 18, Minnesota-Duluth 18, Nebraska-Omaha 16, Air Force 14, Michigan Tech 14, Canisius 12, Colorado College 11, Ohio State 11, Alaska 10, Mercyhurst 10, Michigan State 6, RIT 5, Bowling Green 4, Brown 4, Dartmouth 2, Merrimack 2, Robert Morris 2.

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UND recruit Nick Schmaltz gets high praise from USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson in USA Today. Johannson says that Schmaltz is “as pure of an offensive guy as we have had in a while.”

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Bad news coming out of Mankato, where Zach Lehrke has decided to retire before his senior season because of a strange medical condition that has caused him a lot of pain through his career. Read about it in this story by the Mankato Free Press.

That story also says his brother Tyler, a former Bemidji State player, suffered from the same condition.

Zach was MSU-Mankato’s fourth leading scorer last season.

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The Rockford Ice Hogs made it official that Joe Gleason signed a deal with the AHL squad. Gleason reportedly played very well in rookie camp with the Blackhawks.

7 thoughts on “The Daily Dose – Tuesday

  1. So if the poll ends up correct UND won’t make it to the final four – how many fans won’t be satisfied with that.

  2. Too bad for Lehrke, he is a very good college player. I can’t imagine trying to play through that for your entire life. I know it happens to people from time to time but all the time for this young man. Best wishes to him.

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