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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Tabbed For Fourth Place Finish, Smirnov And Jones Land Honors

by on September 18, 2017 11:30 AM

Penn State hockey will have to make the climb through a tough conference yet again as the Nittany Lions are tabbed to finish fourth in the Big Ten in the preseason coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Monday.

Minnesota is the favorite at nearly every turn to defend their 2016 conference title.

The coaches also selected a 17-member Preseason Watch List, including a pair of unanimous 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. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree last year, Sheehy, the 2017 Co-Scoring Champion, was joined on last season’s All-Conference first team by fellow 2017 Co-Scoring Champion and Buckeye Mason Jobst.

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
# Additional honorees due to ties
 
2017-18 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
1.     Minnesota
2.     Notre Dame
3.     Wisconsin
4.     Penn State
5.     Ohio State
6.     Michigan
7.     Michigan State

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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