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Providence picked first in Hockey East Media Preseason Poll

The Hockey East media predicts all three Boston schools to earn byes in the first round of the postseason tournament.

Providence head coach Nate Leaman
Providence head coach Nate Leaman
Matt Dewkett

Providence College was picked to finish first in the Hockey East Preseason Writers and Broadcasters Association Poll. The Friars, led by fourth year head coach Nate Leaman, will be anchored on the ice by a strong returning nucleus including Calgary Flames goaltending prospect Jon Gillies.

The Friars received 26 first place votes. Boston College was pegged second with eight first place votes. Boston University and Northeastern rounded out the all important top four. With the addition of UConn to the league, the top four teams will receive byes in the first round of the postseason tournament.

Hockey East Preseason Media Poll:

Rank Team (First Place Votes) Points 2013-14 Record
1 Providence (26) 414 22-11-6 (11-7-2 HE)
2 Boston College (8) 399 28-8-4 (16-2-2 HE)
3 Boston University (2) 309 10-21-4 (5-12-3 HE)
4 Northeastern 305 19-14-4 (10-8-2 HE)
5 UMass Lowell 267 26-11-4 (11-6-3 HE)
6 Maine 256 16-15-4 (9-8-3 HE)
7 Notre Dame 231 23-15-2 (9-9-2 HE)
Vermont 231 20-15-3 (10-10-0 HE)
9 New Hampshire 171 22-18-1 (11-9-0 HE)
10 Merrimack 97 8-22-3 (3-15-2 HE)
11 Massachusetts 80 8-22-4 (4-13-3 HE)
12 Connecticut 48 18-14-4 (15-9-3 HE)

Hockey East Preseason All-Conference Team:

Forward: Ross Mauermann (Sr., Providence)

Forward: Kevin Roy (Jr., Northeastern)

Forward: Devin Shore (Jr., Maine)

Defense: Ben Hutton (Jr., Maine)

Defense: Michael Matheson (Jr., Boston College)

Goaltender: Jon Gillies (Jr., Providence)

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSports.