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MSU Seventh, Sixth in Preseason Polls
 
 
 
Tom Anastos
 
Tom Anastos
 
 

Oct. 3, 2012

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- - Michigan State was selected seventh in the pre-season poll of Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) head coaches, and sixth in a survey of the conference's media.

Complete CCHA Preseason Polls


The Spartans lost 10 letterwinners from the 2011-12 team which went 19-16-4, finished fifth in the CCHA regular season, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. MSU's lineup featured nine seniors, and also lost the services of CCHA Player of the Year, All-America and Hobey Baker Finalist Torey Krug, who opted to forego his senior season and signed with the Boston Bruins last March. Krug led last years team in scoring, and was one of five everyday blueliners to leave the program at the conclusion of last year's campaign.


The Spartans do, however, return five of its top eight scorers from a year ago, and also return goaltender Will Yanakeff, who earlier in the week earned Second Team Preseason All-CCHA honors. Yanakeff started 23 games in 2011-12, owning a .922 save percentage and 2.50 GAA.

Head Coach Tom Anastos and his staff welcome 12 newcomers to the roster this season, and will carry a roster of 27 athletes.


Prior to the 2011-12 season, Michigan State was selected eighth in the coaches poll and sixth in the survey of the league's media.
For the fifth time in seven years, the coaches and media disagree on who should own the No. 1 position. The conference's 11 head coaches ranked Notre Dame first for the second consecutive season, while voting from 87 members of the media tabbed Michigan as the preseason favorite.

 

 


A total of 87 media members ranked the 11 CCHA teams in projected order of finish for the regular season. Points were awarded on an 11-10-9-8, etc., basis. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, excluding their own school, in the order they predicted the regular season will end.



Coaches Poll

1. Notre Dame (7) 105
2. Michigan (2) 100
3. Western Michigan (2) 97
4. Miami 78
5. Ferris State 67
6. Ohio State 66
7. Michigan State 56
8. Bowling Green 43
8. Northern Michigan 43
10. Alaska 31
11. Lake Superior 29

Media Poll
1. Michigan (50) 903
2. Western Michigan (25) 825
3. Notre Dame (9) 765
4. Ferris State (3) 626
5. Miami 622
6. Michigan State 528
7. Ohio State 438
8. Northern Michigan 389
9. Bowling Green 264
10. Lake Superior 232
11. Alaska 150

First place votes in parenthesis.

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