Here’s a team-by-team look at Hockey East for the 2014-15 season, listed in order of predicted finish.
1. Providence (22-11-6)
Top returnees: F Ross Mauermann (19-17-36), G Jon Gillies (19-9-5, 2.16, .931).
Top newcomers: D Jake Walman (Toronto, OJHL), F Brian Pinho (Indiana, USHL).
Outlook: The Friars are loaded with talent, experience, and depth and will be the gold standard.
2. Boston College (28-8-4)
Top returnees: G Thatcher Demko (16-5-3, 2.24, .919), F Ryan Fitzgerald (13-16-29).
Top newcomers: D Noah Hanifin (US National Team), F Zach Sanford (Waterloo, USHL).
Outlook: The Eagles have terrific goaltending and defense, but scoring will need to be done by committee with Johnny Gaudreau gone and Sonny Milano opting to play in the pros instead of at The Heights.
3. Notre Dame (23-15-2)
Top returnees: F Vince Hinostroza (8-24-32), D Robbie Russo (4-11-15).
Top newcomers: F Connor Hurley (Green Bay, USHL), G Cal Petersen (Waterloo, USHL).
Outlook: The Irish may have lost a lot after last season, but they return a great deal as well. Look for some of the gifted rookies to make a difference.
4. Northeastern (19-14-4)
Top returnees: F Kevin Roy (19-27-46), F Mike Szmatula (15-24-39).
Top newcomers: D Garret Cockerill (Sioux City, USHL), F Dylan Sikura (Aurora, OJHL).
Outlook: The Huskies have a strong mix of veterans and youth, but will need everyone on the same page.
5. New Hampshire (22-18-1)
Top returnees: F Matt Willows (18-21-39), F Grayson Downing (10-12-22).
Top newcomers: F Shane Eiserman (Dubuque, USHL), F Jason Salvaggio (Indiana, USHL).
Outlook: Goalie Casey DeSmith’s legal troubles take him out of the mix, but there are plenty of positive ingredients — some of whom are newcomers — on which the Wildcats can rely.
6. Boston University (10-21-4)
Top returnees: D Matt Grzelcyk (3-8-11), F Robbie Baillargeon (10-17-27).
Top newcomers: F Jack Eichel (US National Under 18 team), D Brandon Hickey (Spruce Grove (AJHL).
Outlook: With 10 talented freshmen in the fold, the Terriers stand to be vastly improved from last season.
7. UMass-Lowell (26-11-4)
Top returnees: D Zack Kamrass (4-16-20), F Adam Chapie (12-11-23).
Top newcomers: G Kevin Boyle (UMass), F Ryan Collins (Ottawa, CHL).
Outlook: Coach Norm Bazin has built an impressive program, but the River Hawks lost a great deal from their second consecutive Hockey East championship squad so some fresh faces in their huge freshman class will be relied upon.
8. Vermont (20-15-3)
Top returnees: F Mario Puskarich (19-17-36), D Mike Paliotta (5-22-27).
Top newcomers: D Trey Phillips (Canmore, AJHL), F Rob Darrar (Dubuque, USHL).
Outlook: Coach Kevin Sneddon has 19 letter winners returning from last season, 10 of whom are forwards, and all will need to chip in.
9. Maine (16-15-4)
Top returnees: G Matt Morris (missed 2013-14 because of hip surgery), D Ben Hutton (15-14-29).
Top newcomers: G Sean Romeo (Youngstown, USHL), F Nik Nugnes, (Connecticut, EJHL).
Outlook: The Black Bears will attempt to build consistency, which was sorely lacking last season. Morris could prove to be the stabilizer, but will see competition.
10. Merrimack (8-22-3)
Top returnees: D Dan Kolomatis (3-5-8), F Quinn Gould (7-7-14).
Top newcomers: D Marc Biega (Coquitlam, BCHL), G Colin Delia (Amarillo, NAHL).
Outlook: The Warriors welcome 10 freshmen, but should have good leadership and support with seven seniors and eight juniors.
11. Massachusetts (8-22-4)
Top returnees: F Steven Iacobellis (11-10-21), F Ray Pigozzi (5-13-18).
Top newcomers: F Dennis Kravchenko (Sioux Falls, USHL), G Henry Dill (Aberdeen, NAHL).
Outlook: The Minutemen will have their work cut out for them this season, but will try to parlay their youth into competing against a tough schedule.
12. Connecticut (18-14-4)
Top returnees: F Trevor Gerling (9-11-20), F Shawn Pauly (9-12-21).
Top newcomers: Evan Richardson (transfer from BC), Spencer Naas (Benilde St. Margaret).
Outlook: Coach Mike Cavanaugh will guide his team through its first season in Hockey East. After losing their top three scorers, the Huskies will need contributions from all areas.