With The Rink Live podcast last week, beat reporters Matt Wellens, Brad Schlossman, Austin Monteith, Jess Myers and Mick Hatten put together a list of their 16 teams that they think would make the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament if it started tomorrow.
We decided to make this a weekly feature on the website until the tournament field is picked.
Remember that each of the six conferences will have at least one representative. Because the Ivy League schools opted not to play this season, the ECAC has just four teams playing this season.
There was not a lot of movement in the top four regional seeds from the previous week. Bemidji State is the most notable mover in the field, having dropped out of our collective top 16 after getting swept at home by Northern Michigan.
Each team will receive an automatic bid for one team and then 10 at-large bids will be selected by the NCAA committee. Typically, the team that wins the conference playoff title gets awarded the NCAA bid. It is possible that a conference this season could end up giving the automatic bid to the regular season champion.
The NCAA regionals are scheduled to be played the final week of March with the four regional champions advancing to the Frozen Four, which is scheduled to be played April 8-10 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Here are this week's rankings for each reporter: