35 Teams: Strengths and Weaknesses

A brief look at the biggest strength and weakness for each team.  A lot of these come down to depth.  There are really only a handful of teams every year that can be considered deep, and those are the ones that play for championships. We’ll go top to bottom by RPI.

bc

Boston College

Strength: Highly skilled team, particularly on the Carpenter line.  (Alex Carpenter 36g, 31a; Haley Skarupa 24g, 31a)

Weakness: Lacking in depth compared to other top teams.

wisWisconsin

Strength: Most defensively stout team.  (17 shutouts, allowed more than two goals just once)

Weakness: Slightly lacking in defensive depth.

umn

Minnesota

Strength: Explosive offense.  (4.9 goals per game, 48.05% power play conversion)

Weakness: Merely above average defensively and on the penalty kill. (80.3% penalty kill, 23rd)

qu

Quinnipiac

Strength: Aggressive forecheck suppresses shots against

Weakness: Offense can sometimes be lacking

ckn

Clarkson

Strength: Defensive depth

Weakness: Scoring by committee approach often leads to scoring woes

nu

Northeastern

Strength: Best player in the country in Kendall Coyne (39g, 29a) and solid supporting talent (Denisa Krizova 16g, 32a; Hayley Scamurra 13g, 24a)

Weakness: Occasionally plays disorganized and gets behind in games

pri

Princeton

Strength: Arguably the nation’s best defender (Kelsey Koelzer leads the team in all categories with 15g and 19a)  and top-notch goaltending (Kimberly Newell .949 save percentage)

Weakness: Limited defensive depth / only five defenders on roster

bsu

Bemidji State

Strength: Top-notch goaltending (Brittni Mowat .940 save percentage)

Weakness: Difficulty scoring goals (nine goals in 12 games against ranked teams)

und

North Dakota

Strength: Excellent top line (Amy Menke 14g, 15a; Meghan Dufault 7g, 18a; Becca Kohler 11g, 11a) and top pair (Halli Krzyzaniak 5g, 8a; Gracen Hirschy 4g, 4a)

Weakness: Limited depth

 

 

col

Colgate

Strength: Built for the future – top nine scorers are freshmen or sophomores

Weakness: Inexperience

hu

Harvard

Strength: Top tier players like Emerance Maschmeyer (.944 save percentage) and Miye D’Oench (11g, 16a)

Weakness: Rebuilding year – youth and limited depth

bu

Boston University

Strength: Solid forward depth despite Marie-Philip Poulin graduating

Weakness: Limited defensive depth and questions in net.

slu

St. Lawrence

Strength: Innovative and aggressive coaching

Weakness: No clear regular starter in net

merc

Mercyhurst

Strength: A decent possession team with promising young players (Freshman Rachel Smith tied for scoring lead with 9g, 12a)

Weakness: Inexperienced goaltending and lack of elite skill diminishes winning the possession battle

cor

Cornell

Strength: Cassandra Poudrier (4g, 6a) and Erin O’Connor (0g, 10a) among the nation’s top defenders

Weakness: Brianne Jenner, Emily Fulton, and Jillian Saulnier graduating exposed a dire lack of forward depth.

scsu

St. Cloud State

Strength: Molly Illikainen (15g, 13a) a force to be reckoned with

Weakness: Limited depth at forward

 

umd

Minnesota-Duluth

Strength: A talented top forward line (Ashleigh Brykaliuk 14g, 25a; Lara Stalder 15g, 19a; Michela Cava 16g, 15a)

Weakness: An athletics department that doesn’t want to invest in the program

uconn

Connecticut

Strength: Goaltender Elaine Chuli (.939 save percentage)

Weakness: Scoring – 1 or 0 goals in 10 of 23 games

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Syracuse

Strength: Solid possession team

Weakness: Goaltending struggling – starter Jenn Gilligan has an .897 save percentage

rm

Robert Morris

Strength: Scoring, particularly several freshmen making significant contributions.  Top senior is 7th in scoring.

Weakness: Large falloff after the top three defenders.  Third pair has no points.

yu

Yale

Strength: Top contributors are mostly underclassmen (Leading scorer is defender Mallory Souliotis 4g, 19a)

Weakness: Goaltending as starter Hanna Mandl has a .893 save percentage.

rpi

Rensselaer

Strength: Freshman Lovisa Selander is legit in net with a .938 save percentage

Weakness: Scoring – the Engineers have topped two goals just six times in 22 games

osu

Ohio State

Strength: 9th ranked power play

Weakness: Tied for last in save percentage (.879)

unh

New Hampshire

Strength: UNH is one of the better possession teams in terms of shots on goal (30-26 per game average)

Weakness: They struggle to put their shots in the net (7.3% shooting percentage, 29th) and keep opponents’ out of the net (.884 save percentage, 33rd).

dc

Dartmouth

Strength: Top flight top line (Laura Stacey 10g, 12a; Kennedy Ottenbreit 9g, 8a; Lindsey Allen 10g, 4a)

Weakness: Almost no scoring depth (only four forwards with more than 10 points)

psu

Penn State

Strength: Goaltending (.930 save percentage)

Weakness: New program still lagging in recruiting

uvm

Vermont

Strength: Veteran presence of senior Dayna Colang (11g, 15a)

Weakness: Lacking in depth

 

me

Maine

Strength: Solid goaltending in Meghann Treacy (.925 save percentage)

Weakness: Fourth to last in power play (9.65%)

pc

Providence

Strength: Middle of the pack possession team (27-28 shots for-against on average)

Weakness: Tied for worst save percentage (.879)

 

 

lin

Lindenwood

Strength: Premiere player in Shara Jasper (18g, 11a), solid top line with Sarah Bobrowski (7g, 17a) and Shannon Morris-Reade (7g, 14a)

Weakness: Little depth (one other player above 10 points)

mc

Merrimack

Strength: Respectable 16th ranked power play

Weakness: New program

mnst

Minnesota State

Strength: Improved upon last season despite a young roster

Weakness: Stiff competition for in-state recruiting

 

bn

Brown

Strength: Can give upper level competition some fits

Weakness: Several significant holes

rit

RIT

Strength: Young team with lots of room to grow

Weakness: Senior losses from last season sunk them

uc

Union

Strength: Goaltending (.930, 9th)

Weakness: Possession (Outshot 39-20 on average)

 

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