College Hockey: Ranking the Best of the East

UMass-Lowell sophomore goalie Connor Hellebuyck led his team to the NCAA Semifinals last April. - Justin K. Aller

Three teams from the east advanced to the 2013 Frozen Four. Will there be a repeat in 2014?

Yesterday, colleague Chris Dilks took a look at the best teams in the western college hockey conferences. He ranked the teams in the Big 10, NCHC and WCHA 1-24. Today, let's take a look at the teams in Hockey East, ECAC and Atlantic Hockey and rank them, 1-35.

1. UMass-Lowell

2. Boston College

3. New Hampshire

4. Notre Dame

5. RPI

6. Providence

7. Boston University

8. Yale

9. Quinnipiac

10. Union

11. Merrimack

12. Harvard

13. Maine

14. Canisius

15. Vermont

16. Cornell

17. Dartmouth

18. Brown

19. Mercyhurst

20. Colgate

21. Bentley

22. UConn

23. UMass-Amherst

24. Northeastern

25. Princeton

26. St. Lawrence

27. Clarkson

28. Niagara

29. RIT

30. Air Force

31. Robert Morris

32. Holy Cross

33. Army

34. American International

35. Sacred Heart

East First Team All-American

Forward: Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College

Forward: Kevin Goumas, New Hampshire

Forward: Greg Carey, St. Lawrence

Defense: Matt Grzelcyk, Boston University

Defense: Michael Matheson, Boston College

Goaltender: Jon Gillies, Providence

East Second Team All-American

Forward: Kevin Roy, Northeastern

Forward: Andrew Calof, Princeton

Forward: Kyle Gibbons, Canisius

Defense: Shayne Gotisbehere, Union

Defense: Trevor van Riemsdyk, New Hampshire

Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck, UMass-Lowell

Honorable Mention: Forwards Mike Collins (Merrimack), Brett Gensler (Bentley), Matt Lorito (Brown), Kevin Hayes (Boston College), Devin Shore (Maine); Defensemen Steve Weinstein (Bentley), Nick Jones (Mercyurst), Eric Knodel (New Hampshire); Goaltenders Jason Kasdorf (RPI), Tony Capobianco (Canisius), Martin Ouellette (Maine)

Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.

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