Among the 6 teams leading the conferences + Arizona State
by wearendhockey (2020-03-09 23:17:38)
Edited on 2020-03-10 12:27:43

In reply to: That makes this weekend sting a little more with Faber  posted by zahm82

there are 16 underclassmen among the top-6 defensemen as far as games played (9 frosh and 7 sophomores). Only 1 has no freshmen among the top 6, Minnesota State. MSU is an experienced team for sure, with 15 upperclassmen among their 21 most regularly dressed players. Of course experience does not = NCAA success. MSU is still looking for their first NCAA tournament win after 6 tries, including 2 straight losses to #4 seeds.

I don't want 6 freshman on the blueline, but until my dying days I believe Jackson overuses the experience crutch. The 2011 team had 3 freshmen and a sophomore manning the blueline in front of a sophomore goalie. The lone senior was a transfer who had not played a game in an Irish jersey before that season and the two leading scorers up front were also freshmen.

edited: For some reason I left American International out of the mix of underclassmen playing defense, and they have 1, sophomore Brennan Kapcheck.