ECAC: What to expect this season

In predicted order of finish (with last season’s record and finish)

1. UNION (26-8-7, 1st)

 Top returnees: F Daniel Carr 20-20—40; D Mat Bodie 8-21—29; G Troy Grosenick 22-6-3, 1.65 GAA, .936 save percentage.


 Top newcomer: D Tim Boyle. Hometown: Hingham. Last year’s team: Noble and Greenough.

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 Outlook: The team, which advanced to the Frozen Four last season, returns 22 letter winners and an outstanding defense and goaltender with top-flight special teams.

2. CORNELL (19-9-7, 2d)

 Top returnees: G Andy Iles 19-9-7, 2.12, .919; F Greg Miller 14-17—31, D Nick D’Agostino 8-12—20.

 Top newcomer: D Reece Willcox. Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia. Last year’s team: Merritt (BCHL).


 Outlook: The Big Red just missed out on the Frozen Four last season and return eight of nine top point producers, their starting goalie, and a strong defense.

3. HARVARD (13-10-11, 3d)

 Top returnees: D Danny Biega 10-25—35; F Marshall Everson 13-20—33; G Raphael Girard 6-3-3, 2.14, .933.

 Top newcomer: F Brian Hart. Hometown: Cumberland, Maine. Last year’s team: Phillips Exeter.

 Outlook: After setting the NCAA record for ties and making it to the league championship game, the Crimson hope to translate the ties into victories. The senior class is strong and the freshmen will infuse a lot of talent.


4. QUINNIPIAC (20-14-6, 5th)

 Top returnees: F Connor Jones 13-28—41; F Matthew Peca 8-31—39; F Jeremy Langlois 17-9—26.

 Top newcomer: F Jordan Samuels. Hometown: Windsor, Conn. Last year’s team: Bowling Green.

 Outlook: The Bobcats return eight of their top 10 scorers from last season. A total of 19 players are back from the 2011-12 campaign, which marked the sixth straight year Quinnipiac won a postseason series.

5. YALE (16-16-3, 7th)

 Top returnees: F Andrew Miller 7-29—36; F Antoine Laganiere 19-14—33; D Tommy Fallen 4-16—20.

 Top newcomer: D Rob O’Gara. Hometown: Nesconset, N.Y. Last year’s team: Boston Junior Bruins (EJHL).

 Outlook: The Bulldogs return six of their top seven scorers from a year ago, as well as five of seven defensemen and all three goaltenders. Eight new players will add depth.

6. ST. LAWRENCE (14-19-3, 8th)

 Top returnees: F Kyle Flanagan 14-23—37; F Greg Carey 15-22—37; D George Hughes 4-20—24.

 Top newcomer: F Alex Hagen. Hometown: Bronxville, N.Y. Last year’s team: Surrey (BCHL).

 Outlook: – Two of the team’s biggest strengths are defense, and the goaltending of Matt Weninger. If the offense comes together, the Saints could compete for a top-four spot.

7. DARTMOUTH (13-16-4, 9th)

 Top returnees: F Tyler Sikura 11-14—25; F Eric Robinson 12-12—24; F Matt Lindblad 6-18—24.

 Top newcomer: F Nick Bligh. Hometown: Milton. Last year’s team: South Shore Kings (EJHL).

 Outlook: The Big Green have 18 underclassmen, but there is plenty of skill, which should be enough to make a run.

8. RENSSALAER (12-24-3, 10th)

 Top returnees: D Nick Bailen 7-15—22; F Brock Higgs 3-20—23; G Bryce Merriam 10-19-2, 2.36, .908.

 Top newcomer: Jason Kasdorf. Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba. Last year’s team: Des Moines (USHL).

 Outlook: The Engineers have a challenging schedule to start the season, but if they can get through that, they should have a successful campaign.

9. COLGATE (19-17-3, 4th)

 Top returnees: F Joe Wilson 10-13—23; F Robbie Bourdon 12-9—21; D Jeremy Price 2-21—23.

 Top newcomer: F Tyson Spink. Hometown: Williamstown, Ontario. Last year’s team: Cornwall (CCHL).

 Outlook: The Raiders lost a lot from last season, including two of their top scorers, but three of the top six point producers return.

10. CLARKSON (16-17-6, 6th)

 Top returnees: F Ben Sexton 8-21—29; F Allan McPherson 11-12—23; D Sam Labrecque 8-15—23.

 Top newcomer: D Paul Geiger. Hometown: Stouffville, Ontario. Last year’s team: Stouffville (OJHL).

 Outlook: The Golden Knights return 18 lettermen, and welcome nine freshmen, which should help them be competitive.

11. PRINCETON (9-16-7, 11th)

 Top returnees: F Andrew Calof 17-14—31; F Jack Berger 10-12—22; D Michael Sdao 10-10—20.

 Top newcomer: F Michael Ambrosia. Hometown: Chatham, N.J. Last year’s team: Youngstown (USHL).

 Outlook: The Tigers went through some growing pains last season as they transitioned to a new coaching staff. They are working to take the next step.

12. BROWN (9-18-5, 12th)

 Top returnees: F Ryan Jacobson 12-9—21; F Matt Lorito 4-13—17; D Dennis Robertson 2-14—16.

 Top newcomer: F Mark Naclerio. Hometown: Milford, Conn. Last year’s team: Waterloo (USHL).

 Outlook: It certainly won’t hurt that nine of the Bears’ first 12 games are at home. They also welcome five talented freshmen.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell