Here's our ballot for this year's ECAC media poll. No apologies. Consider this the power ranking for October - our first power ranking typically comes out at the end of November, since half the league really hasn't gotten underway yet by the end of October.
1. Union - Won everything there was to win in the ECAC last year, went to the Frozen Four, and lose very little. Nuff said.
2. Cornell - Really shouldn't have to explain this.
3. Quinnipiac - They look stupid good on paper, and they have a knack for overachieving vis a vis preseason expectations.
4. Harvard - Showed lots of potential late last year but they have to stop living on the edge.
5. Yale - Scoring talent is still there, answering the defensive call could make for an elite squad.
6. Colgate - Possibly too optimistic here, they have a ridiculous amount of scoring to replace.
7. St. Lawrence - Young guns are going to have to be big for the Saints.
8. RPI - Have to prove they're ready to vie for a top end spot again through growth of younger players, trying not to be too optimistic.
9. Dartmouth - Offense is there, but considerable defensive question marks cloud the outlook significantly.
10. Princeton - Much like RPI, a team with a great deal to prove with the capacity to do just that. Possibly too pessimistic here.
11. Clarkson - Some good upside here, but as mentioned Wednesday, painfully young.
12. Brown - A serious case of "show me something first."
As always, there are certain "bands" that teams seem to fit in that could be somewhat interchangeable. I like the top three as the clearly defined top-tier, but to be honest the rest of the league could (and probably will) be a tossup. And of course once the puck drops I'm sure we'll learn things about those top three, too.
Choices for All-ECAC:
G - Andy Iles, Cornell - Always going against the grain with our preseason goaltender selections. Grosenick will be the choice, but Iles deserves respect for the season he had last year.
D - Danny Biega, Harvard - Crimson's MVP, power play quarterback and also an offensive driver.
D - Mat Bodie, Union - Probably the best two-way defenseman in the league right now.
F - Kyle Flanagan, St. Lawrence - Averaging a point per game in his first three seasons. If only he had stayed healthy...
F - Connor Jones, Quinnipiac - Poised for a big year with a juggernaut supporting cast.
F - Andrew Miller, Yale - For three years he's been a top supporting cast member, is it time for his star turn?
Honorable mention: G Troy Grosenick, Union, D Shayne Gostisbehere, Union, F Kellen Jones, Quinnipiac, F Kenny Agostino, Yale.