This weekend marks conference tournament time for all five college hockey leagues. Each league will crown a champion that gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
However, several teams, including the Wisconsin Badgers, have already been eliminated from the NCAA tournament discussion, while other teams’ seasons will come to an end this weekend. Therefore, AHL and NHL clubs will start to see former college player filter into their ranks in the coming weeks.
Here is a list of eliminated teams, bubble schools and NCAA tournament locks. Seniors from the eliminated schools, plus players who decide to leave early, can sign professional contracts and move on to the next step in their hockey careers (Author’s Note, I did not include the Atlantic Hockey Conference because only that league’s auto-bid will make the field).
Eliminated teams: Michigan Tech, Minnesota, Minnesota State-Mankato, St. Cloud State and Wisconsin.
Bubble teams or teams that need to win their conference tournament to advance: Alaska-Anchorage, Bemidji State, Colorado College, Nebraska-Omaha.
NCAA locks (teams listed 10th or higher in the Pair-Wise Rankings): Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota.
Eliminated teams: Alaska-Fairbanks, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan State, Northern Michigan, Ohio State.
Bubble teams or teams that need to win their conference tournament to advance: Western Michigan.
NCAA locks: Michigan, Miami, Notre Dame.
Eliminated Teams: Boston University, Maine, Massachusetts, Massachusetts-Lowell, Providence, Vermont.
Bubble teams or teams that need to win their conference tournament to advance: New Hampshire, Northeastern.
NCAA locks: Boston College and Merrimack.
Eliminated teams: Brown, Clarkson, Harvard, Princeton, Quinnipiac, St. Lawrence.
Bubble teams or teams that need to win their conference tournament to advance: Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, RPI.
NCAA locks: Union, Yale.