Since Jayson has done an admirable job of evaluating the current state of affairs, I thought I’d tack on a little summary.
Everyone loves to talk about bids by conference as a measure of strength, so here’s the breakdown of likely NCAA tournament bids by league:
Hockey East: Four or five bids (Boston University, Northeastern, Vermont, New Hampshire, and potentially Mass.-Lowell)
CCHA: Three or four bids (Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami and potentially Ohio State)
WCHA: Three or four bids (Denver, North Dakota, Minnesota Duluth and potentially Minnesota)
ECAC Hockey: Two or three bids (Yale, Cornell, and likely one of Princeton or St. Lawrence, but not both and possibly neither)
Atlantic Hockey: One bid (Air Force-Mercyhurst winner)
CHA: One bid (tournament champion Bemidji State)