League Champion (Playoffs)Before I get accused of being a homer, hear me out. I predict the University of North Dakota will be the NCHC playoff champion. Here’s why. During his 10 seasons at UND, head coach Dave Hakstol’s teams have a (.583) winning percentage before Christmas and (.697) winning percentage after the Christmas break. Hakstol’s teams typically peak during the second half of the season, so a playoff championship isn’t out of the question. UND returns one of the top defensive corps in the NCHC, and also one of the top goaltenders.
I think my top three will probably go like this, as of right now. Thoughts.