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Minnesota Once Again Preseason Big 10 Favorite: Coaches

CHN Staff Report

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Minnesoota has won all four Big Ten regular-season championships, and is the favorite for a fifth according to the league's coaches.

Last season, Minnesota claimed its fourth consecutive Big Ten Championship with 43 points and a conference record of 14-5-1-0 (23-12-3 overall). Conference newcomer Notre Dame was selected second in the preseason poll, with Wisconsin capturing third, defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Penn State taking fourth, Ohio State placing fifth, Michigan earning sixth and Michigan State rounding out the poll in seventh.

The Preseason Watch List features 17 standouts due to ties, with a pair of unanimous selections in 2017 Big Ten Player of the Year Tyler Sheehy and Wisconsin’s Trent Frederic. Six schools were represented on the Preseason Watch List, led by Minnesota with four honorees.

Penn State’s Peyton Jones, the 2017 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, is one of four members of last year’s All-Freshman team to earn preseason recognition along with Minnesota’s Ryan Lindgren, Penn State’s Denis Smirnov and 2017 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Frederic.

The complete Preseason Watch List, as well as the preseason poll, can be found below.

2017-18 BIG TEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST

Quinn Hughes, D, MICH
Will Lockwood, F, MICH
Josh Norris, F, MICH
Ryan Lindgren, D, MINN
Casey Mittelstadt, F, MINN
Rem Pitlick, F, MINN
TYLER SHEEHY, F, MINN
Jake Evans, F, ND
Jordan Gross, D, ND
Andrew Oglevie, F, ND
Mason Jobst, F, OSU
Matthew Weis, F, OSU
Peyton Jones, G, PSU
Denis Smirnov, F, PSU
TRENT FREDERIC, F, WIS
Kyle Hayton, G, WIS
Cameron Hughes, F, WIS

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
 
2017-18 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
1. Minnesota
2. Notre Dame
3. Wisconsin
4. Penn State
5. Ohio State
6. Michigan
7. Michigan State
 

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