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.
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.
Strength: Most defensively stout team. (17 shutouts, allowed more than two goals just once)
Weakness: Slightly lacking in defensive depth.
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)
Strength: Aggressive forecheck suppresses shots against
Weakness: Offense can sometimes be lacking
Strength: Defensive depth
Weakness: Scoring by committee approach often leads to scoring woes
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
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
Strength: Top-notch goaltending (Brittni Mowat .940 save percentage)
Weakness: Difficulty scoring goals (nine goals in 12 games against ranked teams)
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
Strength: Built for the future – top nine scorers are freshmen or sophomores
Strength: Top tier players like Emerance Maschmeyer (.944 save percentage) and Miye D’Oench (11g, 16a)
Weakness: Rebuilding year – youth and limited depth
Strength: Solid forward depth despite Marie-Philip Poulin graduating
Weakness: Limited defensive depth and questions in net.
Strength: Innovative and aggressive coaching
Weakness: No clear regular starter in net
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
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.
St. Cloud State
Strength: Molly Illikainen (15g, 13a) a force to be reckoned with
Weakness: Limited depth at forward
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
Strength: Goaltender Elaine Chuli (.939 save percentage)
Weakness: Scoring – 1 or 0 goals in 10 of 23 games
Strength: Solid possession team
Weakness: Goaltending struggling – starter Jenn Gilligan has an .897 save percentage
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.
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.
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
Strength: 9th ranked power play
Weakness: Tied for last in save percentage (.879)
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).
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)
Strength: Goaltending (.930 save percentage)
Weakness: New program still lagging in recruiting
Strength: Veteran presence of senior Dayna Colang (11g, 15a)
Weakness: Lacking in depth
Strength: Solid goaltending in Meghann Treacy (.925 save percentage)
Weakness: Fourth to last in power play (9.65%)
Strength: Middle of the pack possession team (27-28 shots for-against on average)
Weakness: Tied for worst save percentage (.879)
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)
Strength: Respectable 16th ranked power play
Weakness: New program
Strength: Improved upon last season despite a young roster
Weakness: Stiff competition for in-state recruiting
Strength: Can give upper level competition some fits
Weakness: Several significant holes
Strength: Young team with lots of room to grow
Weakness: Senior losses from last season sunk them
Strength: Goaltending (.930, 9th)
Weakness: Possession (Outshot 39-20 on average)