TOP 10 TEAMS:
(All Class 2A teams unless noted.)
The defending Class 2A state champions must retool their lineup. But the Hornets always have budding stars eager to make their mark.
A state tournament run added experience to a talented returning corps.
Fast, deep and determined after tough section tournament losses past two seasons.
High-caliber forwards are in place for two-time Class 2A runner-up. Defense and goaltending must develop.
5. Eden Prairie
Talented team can win with skill or physical play. Avoiding another slow start is paramount.
6. Benilde- St. Margaret’s
Goaltending a major concern for an otherwise skilled team.
7. St. Thomas Academy
Great forwards will await the development of a young defensive corps and goaltending. Cadets opted up to Class 2A this season.
8. Elk River
Strong goaltending will supplement solid group of veterans.
Lost two top-end players but strong up front.
10. Breck (1A)
Stout defense and goaltending. Young forwards must emerge as go-to scorers.