Everyone agrees that St. Lawrence University senior forward Greg Carey is going to be one of the best players in ECAC Hockey in the 2013-14 season…beyond that things get a little fuzzy.
ECAC Hockey announced both its coaches and media polls and pre-season all-star teams at the 2013 Media Day in Lake Placid. Carey, RPI sophomore goalie Jason Kasdorf, Yale forward Kenny Agostino and Union defenseman Shane Gostisbehere were the players who were selected by both the coaches and the media on the pre-season all-star teams. The coaches had Cornell defenseman Joakim Ryan and Princeton forward Andrew Calof as the other members of their all-star squad while the media picked Union defenseman Mat Bodie and Brown forward Matt Lorito to the other two spots.
When it came to the team polls, however, the selections point to another season of tight competition in the league. A year ago Quinnipiac ran away with things, but there were only eight points between 10th and second and a three point gap between fifth and tenth. It could be even tighter this season if the polls are any indication.
Five different teams received first place votes in each of the polls and while the media picks RPI to be the regular season champion, the coaches go with Yale.
St. Lawrence is 10th in the coaches poll and seventh in the media poll heading into a Oct. 5 exhibition opener at Appleton Arena against Carleton University.
The media has RPI first with Yale second, Quinnipiac third, Union fourth and Cornell tied for fifth with Dartmouth. The Saints occupy seventh followed by Brown, Colgate, Harvard, Princeton and Clarkson. The coaches have Yale first followed by RPI, Quinnipiac, Union, Cornell, Harvard in sixth, Dartmouth, which received one first place vote, in seventh with Brown, Colgate, SLU, Princeton and Clarkson in the final five spots.