Grades are in, and despite a fantastic season so far, there's room for improvement.
My only main quibble with this was ranking the goaltenders better than the defensemen, and giving the former an "A-." I disagree with that part of the assessment. But beyond that this is a good take, especially the "fan appeal" section.
2. Maybe Lowell simply isn't as good as I've thought. The River Hawks looked so dominant last year once the first 10 or so games were out of the way. And with almost everyone coming back this season, they were an obvious pick to again be one of the league's top teams. I've been waiting and waiting for them to hit their stride this year and perform like last season's edition, but I'm wondering if perhaps that just isn't going to happen.
I had a different take from this weekend's results; Lowell basically dominated Providence for most of a home-and-home, except for one disastrous stretch in the third period on Friday night when they blew a 4-1 lead. Connor Hellebuyck is not going to blow a 4-1 lead very often so it's safe to chalk that up as a fluke, imo. I think Lowell will end up second place in Hockey East.
Every other spot in these rankings is debatable, but the top one is not. The Eagles are 10-0-1 in their last 11, and they're six points clear of the field in the league standings.
Steven Whitney has recorded 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points in 42 games for Albany in 2013-14, his third pro campaign out of Boston College. A native of Reading, Mass., Whitney, 25, led the AHL Devils in scoring in each of his first two seasons, and made his National Hockey League debut with New Jersey on Jan. 24.
• Sidney Crosby had a quick answer for what Brian Gibbons brings as a linemate. "Speed. Lots of speed," the Penguins' captain said. "He creates a lot with that." Gibbons returned to the lineup Monday against the Sabres after missing the previous five games because of a lower-body injury. He also was immediately inserted onto the top line to the right wing of Crosby and left wing Chris Kunitz.
Gibbons picked up an assist in his first game back.
C.J. Barksdale suffered a groin injury at UVa and probably will not play against Boston College on Wednesday, coach James Johnson said today (Monday). Barksdale said he suffered the injury in the first half at UVa. He continued to play, but it became too sore and he missed the final 13:48 of the loss.
Defensive tackle Noa Merritt of Pope John announced on Twitter yesterday that he had made a verbal commitment to continue his football career at Boston College.
Boston College Men's Swimming and Diving placed third in this past weekend's Dartmouth College Invite. The team totaled 658 points, trailing the University of Massachusetts and Dartmouth, tallying 825.5 and 1274 points respectively.