People forget how banged up the Blue Jackets were all season. Fully healthy, they’re at least eight points better as a team. Don’t be surprised when they “shock” the hockey world again.
I expect the games to skew high-scoring. Goalies are going to need a new rhythm with the condensed schedule. Additionally—and this is pure speculation not backed by any actual evidence, but—I suspect that the break and not being able to see shots for so long is going to affect goalies more than skaters.
The shutdown of Ivy League sports until Jan. 1, and its implications for college hockey, are just the first of many shoes to drop in the coming weeks and months.
Wisconsin, I just don’t understand you. You bring in Granato, formerly of the NDTP, to get these incredible recruiting classes. But you just can’t get the job done, finish last in the Big Ten with Cole Caufield, Dylan Holloway, and K’andre Miller, and then start losing your older members. If you want to be a one-and-done program, or start building in that manner, maybe you should, you know, win some games?