Power ranking: The top 25 teams in college hockey

NCAA hockey is kicking off, so our prospect expert has put together a ranking of which teams will be in the mix for national bragging rights this season.

On Friday, I revealed my top 50 players to watch for in the NCAA this season. To complete the puzzle, I have now ranked the top 25 teams. More than any other circuit, college hockey has a strange duality. You have schools with rosters filled with NHL prospects, usually in their late teens or early 20s, and then there are other squads made up of 23 players who are 23 years old and have come together for one amazing season.

Some of the following teams had multiple entries on my top 50 players list, while others had none at all (and frankly didn’t come close). But they all have a shot at the national championship, so let’s give them their due.

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1. Minnesota

2. North Dakota

3. Providence College

4. Boston College

5. Colgate

6. Michigan

7. St. Cloud State

8. Minnesota State-Mankato

9. Miami

10. Notre Dame

11. Wisconsin

12. Ferris State

13. Boston University

14. Cornell

15. Minnesota-Duluth

16. Union

17. Northeastern

18. Denver

19. Quinnipiac

20. Michigan State

21. New Hampshire

22. Yale

23. Michigan Tech

24. Mercyhurst

25. UMass-Lowell