Wisconsin finished an uncharacteristic tenth last season but return fifty-point scorer Mark Zengerle and sophomore goalie Joel Rumpel. With a young team one year older, the Badger look to get back to the top tier of the WCHA.
Despite losing three star forwards early last year, the University of Denver coach George Gwozdecky continue to put together strong teams. SB Nation Minnesota predicts them to finish fourth in the WCHA.
Despite losing 160 points between Jack Connolly, Travis Oleksuk and J.T. Brown, Minnesota-Duluth returns Caleb Herbert and a solid blue line. SB Nation Minnesota predicts them to finish fifth in the WCHA this year.
The Huskies finished sixth last year as injuries took their toll. St. Cloud State get back Drew LeBlanc and 23 goal scorer Ben Hanowski but will be searching for secondary scoring to take them above another 6th place finish.
After shocking the league last year, second-year head coach Mel Pearson will try to lead Michigan Tech to another respectable finish in the WCHA. SB Nation Minnesota predicts the Huskies to finish seventh.
With new head coach Mike Hastings and a trio of talented sophomores, Minnesota State-Mankato looks to build upon a disappointing 11th place finish last year. SB Nation Minnesota predicts them to finish eighth in the WCHA.
After finishing ninth in the WCHA last season, Bemidji State loses their all-time leading defenseman scorer, two 20 point forwards and starting goalie. The Beavers have a lot to replace which is why SB Nation Minnesota sees them finishing 11th.
After finishing with 11 points last year, the University of Alaska-Anchorage look to rely on goalies Rob Gunderson and Chris Kamal to lead them out of the WCHA basement. SB Nation Minnesota, however, still sees them finishing 12th.